By next year, 17 states will require all 11th graders in public school to take the ACT, reports the Chronicle of Higher Education. Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, and Wisconsin have jumped on the bandwagon. ACT scores are used to judge college readiness — and to encourage more students to apply to college.
ACT, which has passed SAT as the most commonly used college admissions test, will provide more information to students on their readiness.
Starting next year, test results will include a “STEM Score,” representing a student’s performance on the mathematics and science portions of the exam, and an “English Language Arts Score,” which will combine the student’s performance on the English, reading, and writing sections.
A new indicator will show whether a student is likely to be able to understand college-level texts.
Another will assess career readiness — applied math and reading for information — for students who take the ACT and ACT’s WorkKeys tests. Illinois and Michigan require 11th graders to take both exams.
ACT also is modifying the optional writing test. Essays will be scored on ideas and analysis, development and support, organization, and language use.