Building a College-Going Culture by Increasing Access to the ACT

Author: Helios Education Foundation

Posted on: December 16, 2014

Through this initiative, the ACT exam is offered to all juniors across 14 partner high school districts.  To date, more than 87,000 students in Arizona have taken the ACT over the past seven years.  Helios’ investment in the ACT DCST initiative is part of our broader effort to ensure that more high school graduates are prepared to enter the workforce or take credit-bearing courses without remediation.  Helios sees our investment in  projects like this as just one mechanism in a comprehensive strategy of creating a college-going culture that leads to  opportunities for students to succeed in college and career. 

In addition, the ACT DCST initiative will provide critical data to assess students’ readiness for college and career and offer the opportunity for individual schools and districts to adjust their practices in  support of more student   readiness.  Ultimately, we hope this work will encourage effective state-level policies and practices and not only increase student matriculation from high school into postsecondary education, but postsecondary completion as well.   

The report focuses on the initial qualitative data we gathered specifically around building and sustaining a college-going culture in high school districts.  Future reports will be available that will focus on the quantitative data around student achievement and college and career readiness.

Click here to read and download the brief. 


Category: College and Career Readiness

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