ACT Announces Reporting Enhancements
ACT has announced enhancements to their reporting that will be first released this fall. These enhancements include two major changes:
- Redesign in the look and feel of the reports
- Replacement of subscores with more comprehensive reporting categories aligned to the College and Career Readiness Standards
The redesign of the look and feel is intended to make reports more visually engaging and easier to understand. They will appear on the individual student, high school, and college version of ACT score reports.
New Reporting Categories
The more significant change is the replacement of the subject test subscores with new reporting categories. Starting in fall 2016, ACT will no longer report on the following subscores:
- English: Usage/Mechanics, Rhetorical Skills
- Math: Pre-Algebra/Elementary Algebra, Algebra/Coordinate Geometry, Plane Geometry/Trig
- Reading: Social Studies/Sciences, Arts/Literature
These changes will NOT impact the section scores for English, math, reading, or science, nor will they impact the content or structure of the test itself. The section scores will now be joined by new reporting categories that are aligned to the College and Career Readiness Standards. ACT has not yet released these reporting categories.
These changes to reporting will join new indicators ACT rolled out in the 2015-2016 school year, including the new STEM Score (combining performance on the math and science sections) and new ELA Score (combining performance on the English, reading, and writing sections).
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ACT’s reporting enhancements come at a time when SAT’s enhanced exam and its reporting conventions have started to attract increasing national attention. As ACT works to improve features of its own assessment, the organization will be releasing more information in the coming weeks, and we will keep you posted.