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Changes to the ACT Mobile, AL February 2, 2015 1 Changes to the ACT Mobile, AL February 2, 2015 1

ACT Enhancements • ACT – CBT (computer-based testing) • New Readiness Indicators • Enhanced ACT Enhancements • ACT – CBT (computer-based testing) • New Readiness Indicators • Enhanced Optional Writing Test • Optional Constructed-Response Questions • Enhanced Reporting 2

New Readiness Indicators • STEM Score – Represent overall performance on math and science New Readiness Indicators • STEM Score – Represent overall performance on math and science tests • Progress Toward career readiness Indicator – Helps students understand their progress toward career readiness – Provides indicator of future performance on ACT National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) • English Language Arts Score – Scores combine achievement on the English, reading, and writing portions of the ACT for students taking all three sections. • Text Complexity Indicator – Tells students if they are making sufficient progress toward understanding the complex text they will encounter in college 3

Enhanced Optional Writing Test (Fall 2015) • Research driven - Changes driven by research Enhanced Optional Writing Test (Fall 2015) • Research driven - Changes driven by research and evidence from a decade of working w/writing assessments in high school, college, post-graduate, and the workplace • National Curriculum Survey Research, 2011 NAEP Writing Framework research, participation in creation of CCSS, and ACT’s College Readiness Standards • Writing Competencies Framework – Developed to guide ACT’s continuum of writing assessments from elementary school to career 4

Enhanced Optional Writing Test • New Scores – Subject test score plus scores for Enhanced Optional Writing Test • New Scores – Subject test score plus scores for four important domains: ideas and analysis, development and support, organization, language use – 3 digit score (similar to ACT Aspire) – Writing score does not affect Composite Score • Timing – Currently 30 mins. May increase slightly – dependent upon results from research studies • Sample Prompt – (available now) 5

Optional Constructed-Response Questions • • Optional – to provide maximum flexibility for students & Optional Constructed-Response Questions • • Optional – to provide maximum flexibility for students & costs Subject tests: math, reading, and science Timing – 30 mins. Administration – must be in same window with selectedresponse tests, but not necessarily on same day • Score – combined results from selected-response and constructed-response tests • Score Scale – same as 3 digit ACT Aspire score; 1 -36 remains for subject and Composite scores • Sample items & content specifications – available late Summer 2014 6

ACT CBT Administration • First ever computer based undergraduate college admissions test • Launched ACT CBT Administration • First ever computer based undergraduate college admissions test • Launched Spring 2014 – 4, 000 students/ 80 schools from across U. S. • 2015 – Select have been invited to participate • Spring 2016 – Expanded release as an option for State and district testing • CBT or other assessments - for National, International, and Residual testing will be considered 7

ACT CBT Administration • Items - Same number of items as paper & pencil ACT CBT Administration • Items - Same number of items as paper & pencil (215) and covers same content • Timing – Maybe slightly different by mode for particular subject tests (Timing study –Fall 2013; Mode comparison study – Spring 2014) Administration – Within a defined window vs one day P & P • • Not adaptive • Computers - CBT administered on school controlled desktop/laptop only • College/NCAA acceptance – ACT research designed to ensure the 1 -36 ACT scores reported for students reflect the same level of achievement w/o regard to mode • Practice Test system – Online tutorial to help student learn to navigate the 8

Enhanced Reporting • Score Scale - 1 -36 will not change • Additional scores Enhanced Reporting • Score Scale - 1 -36 will not change • Additional scores and indicators - to give students, parents, educators more detailed information for planning for future success • Reporting categories (added in 2016) – Expanded number of categories compared to current subtests – Based on ACT College Readiness Standards – Aligned to state assessment requirements • Preparing colleges receiving ACT scores – – Any report file layout modification details will be communicated to higher education institutions 9

For more information about What’s Next with the ACT • Visit- www. act. org/actnext For more information about What’s Next with the ACT • Visit- www. act. org/actnext • Contact Liaison: – – – – AL: Gennine Holley, gennine. [email protected] org AR: Rick Bryant, rick. [email protected] org FL: Cari Lousch, cari. [email protected] org GA: Jackie Pearson, jackie. [email protected] org KY: Lynn Hunley, lynn. [email protected] org LA: John Clark, john. [email protected] org MS: Wes Gentry, wes. [email protected] org NC: Jacque Twiggs, jacque. [email protected] org OK: Judy Trice, judy. [email protected] org PR: Carl Forbes, carl. [email protected] org SC: Mike Di. Nicola, mike. [email protected] org TN: Donna Mason, donna. [email protected] org TX: Sue Wheeler, sue. [email protected] org VA: Chris Hansen, chris. [email protected] org 10

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