ACT, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people achieve education and workplace success through its mission on research, and college and career readiness. Founded in Iowa City, Iowa, in 1959, each year ACT serves millions of students, job seekers, schools, government agencies, and employers in the US and around the world with learning resources, assessments, research, and credentials designed to help them succeed from elementary school through career. ACT programs and tools include:
- ACT, a standardized test designed to assess high school students’ academic achievement and college readiness. In 2019, 52% of the U.S. high school graduating class had taken the ACT test.
- ACT Academy
- ACT Aspire
- ACT CollegeReady
- ACT Online Prep
- Mawi Learning, ScootPad
- PreACT and PreACT 8/9
- ACT Tessera, ACT WorkKeys
- ACT Work Ready Communities
- National Career Readiness Certificate
- ACTNext research and development center focused on integrating psychometric theory and data, educational technology, machine learning and artificial intelligence algorithms to support learning and assessment)
- Global Assessment Certificate
The ACT Center for Equity in Learning showcases and supports ACT’s efforts to close opportunity and outcome gaps for all individuals, including: students of color; first-generation students; families with economic challenges; and exceptional and diverse learners. The Center researches and communicates actionable information about the realities, challenges, and opportunities facing learners in middle school, high school, college, and the workforce. Examples of areas of focus include: school safety, financial aid, technology gaps, and the digital divide.
The American College Application Campaign (ACAC) is a major effort within the Center. It is designed to increase the number of first-generation college students and students from low-income families pursuing a college degree or other higher education credential. Campaign events assist high school seniors as they navigate the college application and admissions process and ensure each participating student submits at least one admissions application.
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