Partners in ACT Preparation
Students who score a 21 or above on the ACT are eligible for state-funded scholarships, as well as a host of other public and private scholarship opportunities. However, ACT prep courses are often too expensive for students who most need access, and they are often difficult for students to access during out-of-school time due to transportation, employment, and other issues.
The Alignment Nashville High School Team has created PACT - Partners for ACT Preparation - to align community resources to help students reach or exceed the goal of a 21 on the ACT. Community and business partners are invited to participate as PACT partners, guiding small groups of students in effective, proven, personalized ACT prep strategies to help them increase their score.
The participating pilot high schools for 2015-16 - Hunters Lane, Hillsboro, Maplewood, and Overton - will administer an assessment to all juniors in September 2015; this assessment will provide a personalized analysis roadmap to help each student prepare for the ACT in the spring 2016. School staff will determine which students would benefit most from small group work and will assign them to groups based on skill level, areas of need, etc.
Our goal is a 15% increase in MNPS juniors at pilot schools scoring 21 or above (spring 2016 ACT scores).
How to Support PACT
Community organizations, businesses, and others that respond to the Invitation to Participate will be asked to commit to the following:
- Participate in a 1/2 -day training session during fall 2015 (dates TBD) to prepare for working with the students
- Meet for a minimum of 8 sessions during January - April 2016 with their assigned students (exact times to be determined by each school based on their schedule and other activities)
- Use resources and materials provided through the PACT website to guide students through their ACT preparation efforts
- Provide periodic updates on hours spent with students as well as feedback on the experience
PACT partners may indicate their preference of working with students on math, reading/English, and/or science; additional training will be provided during fall 2015 for PACT partners who wish to brush up on skills in any of these areas before working with students.
Get Involved with PACT
Tell us how you can support PACT by completing the short form below. To view and complete the form, you must have a user account.
If you have issues logging in or creating a new account, contact Matia Powell, Community Engagement Coordinator.