The ACT College and Career Readiness Standards are the backbone of ACT assessments.
The standards are empirically derived descriptions of the essential skills and knowledge students need to become ready for college and career, giving clear meaning to test scores and serving as a link between what students have learned and what they are ready to learn next. Parents, teachers, counselors, and students use the standards to:
- Communicate widely shared learning goals and expectations
- Relate test scores to the skills needed in high school and beyond
- Understand the increasing complexity of skills needed across the score ranges in English, mathematics, reading, science, and writing
The standards encompass the many paths available to students after high school, and they reflect our ability to provide insights related to both college and career readiness.