The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2015 is the ACT annual report on the progress of US high school graduates relative to college readiness. This year's report shows that 59% of students in the 2015 US graduating class took the ACT test, up from 57% last year and 49% in 2011. The increased number of test takers over the past several years enhances the breadth and depth of the data pool.
The ACT Center for Equity in Learning supports research that focuses on closing gaps in equity, opportunity, and achievement. Our goal is to produce evidence that guides thought leadership and informs changes in policy and practice—which will lead to improved learning and achievement.
As income inequality has grown in recent decades, the zip code a person is born in has come to play an outsized role in determining whether they will have access to the information, support, and rigorous learning opportunities necessary to prepare them for success in college.
To close this opportunity gap, we must take action to help students and their families better anticipate the demands—beyond academics alone—of postsecondary education and the workplace, and to plan and prepare for life after high school.
The Center for Equity in Learning’s work is grounded in the understanding that it takes more than academic abilities to succeed in education and the workplace. We work closely with ACT Research, the ACT Foundation, and a network of partner organizations to help individuals understand the skills they need to navigate life’s transition points and achieve success.
Recent reports from ACT or the ACT Foundation focus on topics including:
- The condition of college and career readiness for first generation college students; students from low income families; African American students, American Indian and Alaska Native students; Asian American students; Pacific Islander students; and Hispanic students
- Learning While Earning: The New Normal (Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce)
- Beyond Academics: A Holistic Framework for Enhancing Education and Workplace Success
- Building a Common Language for Career Readiness & Success
- Dual Enrollment
- STEM education
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