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Little Known Facts about the ACT

The ACT is a required test for all North Carolina juniors.  The test is given free of charge during March of the junior year.  This college entrance exam is important in that a student’s score helps eligibility for entrance to specific colleges and universities.  The test is comprised of four required sections:  English, Math, Reading, and Science.  A writing section is optional.  Learn more about the ACT.

Surprisingly, most ACT content is taught explicitly between 4th and 8th grades and then reinforced at the high school level.  A student’s score is largely determined by his or her success in late elementary and middle school.  Elementary and middle school teachers can have a major impact on building students’ skills that will prepare them for success on the ACT.

Newton-Conover City Schools takes ACT preparation very seriously by providing two practice assessments to juniors.  Juniors receive a detailed breakdown of their assessment scores – which provides keen insight on what they need to study to improve their chances of scoring higher.  See what scores are required for North Carolina Universities.

About Heather Mullins

Heather Mullins is the Chief Academic Officer in Newton-Conover City Schools. She is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow who spent 12 years as a high school English Teacher. She received her B.S.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Western Carolina University. Heather completed her National Board Certification in Adolescent Young Adult English Language Arts in 2002. She holds an M.Ed. in Academically and Intellectually Gifted from UNC-Charlotte. Heather has served as a Curriculum Specialist in Hickory City Schools, an adjunct professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and a Professional Development Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. Heather is one of the co-founders of #NCed Chat, North Carolina’s first Twitter chat for teachers. She is passionate about innovative practices, instructional technology, student ownership of learning, and supporting teachers. Heather serves on the advisory board for the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan, North Carolina School for the Deaf and Catawba Science Center. She is a recipient of the 2015 NCMLE Central Office Administrator to Watch Award. She also received the 2016 Don Chalker Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership. Heather is the proud mother of one son, Jackson.

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