The ACT is the test that students in Mississippi take in order to apply to college. It consists of reading, English, math, and science sections. So, 1/2 of a student’s score comes from ELA. This test is a clear gate that opens up and closes doors to college for our students.
Our research tells us that it is feasible and ambitious for students to grow 4 points, on average, in one year.
We’re recommending that teachers of 9th- 12th consider using the ACT to measure reading progress. If your school prefers another reading measure or if all of your students get ACT-prep through another avenue, then you should stick with the reading measure that your school recommends so that your students aren’t over-tested. Consult Sarah Franzen or your TLD-Coach for more guidance.
How do I administer the ACT? How do I track and share progress with students?
- All the testing guidelines are uploaded for the English portion and the Reading portion. Note that this is a timed test, and scores are only valid if you strictly follow the time-constraints.
- We have an ACT growth tracker that helps you keep up with which students are growing and which students need to grow the most.
- We have a beautiful conversion chart for you to help your students make reading grade level equivalency meaning out of their ACT score. Click here to see approximately what reading-level students are on if they are scoring a 13 versus a 17 on the Reading portion of the ACT.
Access and ask questions about all the resources below. Franzen or your MTLD can answer questions for you.
- ACT-Reading Teacher’s Guide (beginning of year)
- ACT-Reading beginning of year Test
- ACT-English Teacher’s Guide (beginning of year)
- ACT-English beginning of year Test
- ACT-Reading-Teacher’s Guide (middle of year)
- ACT-Reading- middle of year-Test
- ACT- English- Teacher’s Guide (middle of year)
- ACT- English- middle of year- Test