ACT Announces Reporting Enhancements for Fall 2016
In March, ACT announced fall 2016 reporting enhancements that include two major changes:
• A redesign in the look and feel
• The replacement of current sub-scores with more comprehensive reporting categories aligned to the College and Career Readiness Standards and The Common Core
Today, ACT released the first views into those reports and details are below.
The redesign of the look and feel is intended to make reports more visually engaging and easier to understand. ACT’s redesign will appear on the individual student, the high school, and the college version of ACT score reports and will now incorporate new information, including the Interest-Major Fit metric and ACT Readiness Ranges designed to support students in making career decisions.
The ACT Readiness Range will report on student’s performance in a specific reporting category in comparison to those students who have met the college readiness benchmark in that subject. Further information and training on these metrics will follow this summer from ACT.
New Reporting Categories
A significant change to ACT’s reporting is the replacement of subject test sub-scores with new reporting categories. Starting in fall 2016, ACT will no longer report on the following sub-scores:
|Subject||Current Reporting Categories|
|English||Usage/Mechanics, Rhetorical Skills|
|Math||Pre-Algebra/Elementary Algebra, Algebra/Coordinate Geometry, Plane Geometry/Trig|
|Reading||Social Studies/Sciences, Arts/Literature|
Instead, ACT will report new categories aligned to the College and Career Readiness Standards (and more closely aligned to the Common Core) that include the following:
|Subject||Fall 2016 Reporting Categories|
|English||Production of Writing, Knowledge of Language, Conventions of Standard English|
|Math||Preparing for Higher Math, Number and Quantity, Algebra, Functions, Geometry, Statistics & Probability, Integrating Essential Skills, and Modeling|
|Reading||Key Ideas & Details, Craft & Structure, Integration of Knowledge & Ideas, Understanding Complex Texts|
|Science||Interpretation of Data, Scientific Investigation, Evaluation of Models, Inferences & Experimental Results|
These changes will NOT impact the section scores for English, math, reading, and science, nor will they impact the content or structure of the test itself.
Scores will be reported by percent accuracy rather than by a scaled score. 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).
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, expect more information in the coming weeks, and we will keep you posted.
Academic Approach has long been an industry leader in standards-based reporting and supports the release of reporting and analytics that are aligned to high school curricula and essential college readiness skills that can better support instruction in schools.
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