College and Career Readiness
College and Career Readiness

The ACT is a nationally administered standardized test that helps colleges evaluate candidates. The ACT consists of curriculum-based tests of educational development in English, Math, Reading and Science which are designed to measure the skills needed for success in first-year college coursework. Minnesota Statute 120B.30 requires all districts to provide a nationally normed college entrance exam for students. 

School District 197 provides a sequence of assessments to measure college readiness beginning in 7th grade and culminating with the ACT in a student’s junior year.  Generally, students take the ACT their junior year of high school. Many college- bound students will take the ACT two or more times since the student’s highest score is considered for admission.

In the fall of 2016, School District 197 began to administer the ACT Aspire assessment. The ACT Aspire assessment replaces the EXPLORE and PLAN suite of assessments that has been retired by ACT. Similarly to these assessment, the ACT Aspire provides information on a student’s college readiness in English, Reading, Math, and Science. Information from this assessment can help students in making course selections for 9th grade by showing academic areas of strength.  In grade 9, students take the early high school ACT Aspire.  The results from this assessment are used to predict ACT results in English, Reading, Math and Science. In grade 10, students take the pre-ACT. This assessment provides information to students on areas of strength and areas for growth prior to them taking the ACT in grade 11. In the spring of grade 11, all School District 197 students are required to take the ACT with writing per MN statute 120B.30. Students have access to practice ACT tests through Naviance. Students are encouraged to complete practice tests prior to taking the ACT. Community education also offers ACT prep classes which many students find helpful.



7th grade 

8th grade

9th grade

10th grade

11th grade

Fall 2017

 ACT Aspire

Middle Grades

ACT Aspire

Middle Grades

ACT Aspire

Early High school

Pre- ACT

Practice ACT


Spring
2018

Review results with counselor

Review results with counselor

Review results with counselor

Review results with counselor

ACT