ACT and The NROC Project Collaborate to Improve College Completion Rates
IOWA CITY, Iowa—ACT announced the introduction of ACT® CollegeReady™, a web-based system that measures students’ readiness for college math and English and provides a personalized study path for knowledge and skill building. The system is designed for colleges and universities as part of a new collaboration between ACT and The NROC Project, an organization dedicated to improving students’ college and career readiness.
Nearly half of all incoming freshmen are not ready for college-level coursework in math or English, according to nonprofit Complete College America. Research has indicated that a “placement only” model, without readiness support, is less effective at helping students persist in college. In 2015, ACT retired ACT Compass, a college placement assessment, because it was not a comprehensive solution to support student success.
“Many students, including adult learners and those returning to complete their college studies, are incorrectly placed into costly remedial courses when all they really need is a little personalized learning to get them on track,” said ACT Chief Commercial Officer Suzana Delanghe. “ACT CollegeReady is a win-win solution for students and colleges because it not only identifies skills gaps, but also provides foundational support to put students on a path to a college degree.”
ACT CollegeReady, which will be available to colleges in spring 2018, is based on NROC’s proven technology and educational content.
Upon completing an assessment of math and English skills, students receive a CollegeReady score. This score determines whether they are prepared for college-level courses. If not, the interface guides the student through personalized learning supports to help them improve and achieve the target scores needed before college registration.
“The learning system NROC created continues to attract interest and enthusiasm from educators, administrators, and policymakers because it centers on student readiness instead of the all-powerful placement exam,” said Dr. Gary Lopez, founder of The NROC Project. “By working with ACT, NROC can help far more students prepare themselves for college-level, credit-granting courses, saving them money on tuition, books, fees, and most importantly, ensuring they are prepared to attend and graduate from college.”
ACT and The NROC Project share similar missions to support student success and address the particular needs of non-traditional students, who may be underprepared for first-year, college-level coursework.
College readiness is a national problem, as evidenced by the 2017 ACT Condition of College and Career Readiness Report. The report shows that among 2017 ACT-tested U.S high school graduates, only 39 percent of test-takers met the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks in at least three of the four core subject areas. An unfortunate effect of this readiness gap is that many students need remediation and consequently struggle to persist in college. In fact, it’s estimated that fewer than one in 10 students graduate from community colleges within three years and little more than a third complete bachelor’s degrees in six years.
ACT is a mission-driven, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people achieve education and workplace success. Headquartered in Iowa City, Iowa, ACT is trusted as a national leader in college and career readiness, providing high-quality assessments grounded in nearly 60 years of research. ACT offers a uniquely integrated set of solutions designed to provide personalized insights that help individuals succeed from elementary school through career. To learn more about ACT, visit www.act.org.
The NROC Project (NROC.org) is an organization dedicated to improving students’ college and career readiness. NROC’s unique membership model ensures academics are central to product development, efficacy testing, and the establishment of implementation best practices.
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