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After the most recent ACT scores were released nationwide, parents were cautioned by the board, “Don’t count on the system to keep you informed and aware of what you need to do,” said ACT President Jon Erickson
“That’s the path that too many are following, and it’s clearly not working. Take charge early in the student’s educational career, learn what it takes to succeed and make sure you are getting what you need.”
Your involvement in your student’s success is always required here at Cornerstone; there is a true partnership between family and staff. Required courses such as Life Calling, Worldviews, Humanities, SAT/ACT Prep, and Tools for College Success are placed throughout a student’s high school years to assure their success.
ABOUT THE ACT TEST
The ACT is a curriculum-based achievement test that measures the skills taught in schools and deemed important for success in first-year college courses. The content of the ACT is informed by results of the ACT National Curriculum Survey®, conducted every three to four years among thousands of elementary, middle and high school teachers, and instructors of first-year college courses across the United States.
The data obtained in the survey allow ACT to ensure that its assessments measure the skills most important for success after high school. ACT research shows that students who meet the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks are more likely to persist in college and earn a degree than those who don’t. The benchmarks specify the minimum score students must earn on each of the four ACT subject tests to have about a 75 percent chance of earning a grade of C or higher and a 50 percent chance of earning a B or higher in a typical credit-bearing first-year college course in that subject area.
Many parents and students falsely assume that strong SAT and ACT scores can compensate for a relatively low GPA or less strenuous course selection. This is simply not true. Without knowing the student, colleges reviewing an application with a well above average SAT or ACT score and a relatively low GPA and/or weak course selection will assume that the student is lazy. Strong test scores reflect strong academic potential. If you do not live up to that potential in the classroom, the college will pass judgment accordingly, especially selective colleges.
The SAT and ACT, however, are important instruments for colleges. They act as an equalizer of sorts between schools. Since each school’s academic program varies, making the GPA a somewhat arbitrary number, the SAT and ACT provide a nationally standardized benchmark. For this reason, test scores are an important factor in the college’s admission decision.
SAT and ACT scores factor more heavily in the admission policies of selective schools. These colleges may deny admission to an outstanding candidate who has lower than average comparative test scores. Why? These colleges have applications from students who are outstanding candidates and have correspondingly strong test scores. When considering admission to highly selective colleges, a difference of 50 points on the SAT could impact the admission decision.
The less selective colleges evaluate the SAT and ACT scores differently and will not make a decision based on a 50 point spread. Instead, they look at the SAT and ACT scores for red flags. Their definition of a strong test score is lower than that of a highly selective college, and they are more forgiving of a low test score if other factors such as GPA or leadership potential are strong. Additionally, if a student is a poor test-taker or has a learning disability that negatively impacts test scores, less selective colleges will be more inclined to place additional emphasis on admissions factors other than test scores.
CHANGES IN THE ACT TEST
The ACT was administered as a required statewide achievement test in 13 states for the graduating class of 2015, allowing these states to monitor student progress in college and career readiness as well as track school, district and state performance over time. For the 2016 graduating class, that number will grow to 18 states, plus three additional states that fund the ACT on an optional basis.
The national and state ACT Condition of College & Career Readiness 2015 reports can be viewed and downloaded for free on the ACT website.