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Media Advisory: ACT To Release Public Policy Platforms to Guide and Influence Education and Workforce Alignment

WHAT: ACT will release four public policy platforms containing recommendations to guide federal, state, and local policymakers through current challenges in K–12 education, higher education, workforce development, and career and technical education.

The platforms focus on aligning education and workforce systems in the US, with recommendations covering a diverse range of concerns and changes focused on the “whole learner,” such as:

  • mitigating the high cost of college,
  • helping 21st-century workers better leverage their skills and 
  • supporting employers to effectively develop their employees’ potential.

WHY: The platforms provide a contemporary view of the changing education and workforce landscape in the context of the pressing need to align these two systems to help ensure career success for all individuals. ACT released its initial policy platforms in 2014.

ACT’s goal is to establish and reinforce positions within federal and state landscapes in the wake of the Every Student Succeeds Act, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, and current discussions around the Higher Education Act and Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act reauthorizations.

WHEN: The platforms will be publicly unveiled at an event on January 23.

HOW: Visit to read and download ACT’s new policy platforms:

WHO: 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.

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