Let’s talk about Equity in Education and Career: It’s Everyone’s Business!
Speaker - Juan Garcia, ACT
Friday, April 20 – 9:45 a.m.
In this session Juan Garcia reviewed findings from the newly released 2017 Condition of College and Career Readiness report and discussed the changes from the 2016 report. Among minority U.S. high school graduates who took the ACT test, there was slow but steady improvement, particularly in the key areas of math and science. This has occurred as the number of test-takers continues to dramatically increase.
Juan also discussed ACT’s new initiative to help ELL students with accommodations for testing, including a word to word glossary available in ten languages and instructions for the test in the student’s native language. New for 2018 is the opportunity for students taking the test with fee waivers to send score reports at no charge, this initiate starts the fall of 2018 as a way to remove barriers for underserved students and fulfill ACT’s non-profit mission.
Juan also stressed the importance of working in the earlier grades to make sure students are taking rigorous classes and preparing themselves to succeed in high school. Free ACT resources to support student learning, persistence, graduation, and parental engagement were shared. These resources are available in English and Spanish.