Using the North Carolina Alignment Report for Student Success


Join ACT on Wednesday, May 22, at 9:00 a.m. to discuss the newly released report aligning North Carolina academic standards with the ACT College and Career Readiness Standards assessed on the PreACT and ACT. 

The session promises valuable insights for educators in curriculum and instruction, teaching and learning; and school improvement. The information also benefits content specialists, academic coaches, and classroom teachers.

Developed by ACT, the North Carolina Alignment Report is a valuable tool for educators and students. It can be used to enhance assessment literacy of the statewide ACT test. Understanding the alignment between ACT assessments and North Carolina’s academic standards for English language arts (ELA), mathematics, and science is essential for effectively preparing students for the exam and interpreting the results. 

In this webinar, participants will gain essential insights into the content of each ACT test section and its connections with North Carolina’s Standard Course of Study. The report features crosswalk tables correlating ACT standards with North Carolina ELA, mathematics, and science standards. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the ACT’s content and discover innovative ways to leverage this free resource to improve student outcomes.

Topics in this webinar include: 

  • How ACT created the North Carolina Alignment Report.

  • The purpose of the report.

  • The methodology and strength of the alignment. 

  • Detailed alignment results for North Carolina Standards, including: 

    • English language arts, grades 9-10 and 11-12.

    • Math 1, 2, and 3.

    • Science, high school.

  • How to use the report with PreACT and ACT data.

  • Moderated questions and discussion.

This webinar is a unique opportunity for those who want to leverage the relationship between ACT and North Carolina standards to improve student PreACT and ACT scores and strengthen the core curriculum. 

Bryan Williams

Bryan Williams, program director, ACT Implementation Services

Dr. Bryan Williams has more than 30 years of experience in K-12 education. Williams is a part of the ACT professional development team, where his work focuses on professional development in K-12. His workshops include how to embed the ACT into the work teachers are doing in their classes and data analysis/prediction for ACT success for students and schools. His knowledge and experience in K-12 are valuable in his work with schools and districts. Williams holds an master’s degree in education administration from the University of Missouri–St. Louis and an Ed.D. in education administration from St. Louis University.

Jeremy Heneger

Jeremy Heneger, program director, ACT State and Federal Programs

Dr. Jeremy Heneger is a program director, Accountability and Data Insights, on ACT’s state and federal programs team. Heneger and his colleagues focus on assisting ACT’s state partners in leveraging their ACT data for greater value and insight. Heneger has been with ACT since September 2023.

In his previous role, Heneger served the state of Nebraska for a decade. His most recent role was as the director of statewide assessment. He began his education career as a high school English language arts educator. Early in his teaching career, he was tapped to serve as his small rural district’s assessment director. He earned his assessment endorsement from the University of Nebraska and his doctorate in education leadership from Doane University.

Chris Lefevre

Chris Lefevre, ACT senior account executive for North Carolina 

Chris Lefevre holds a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and two graduate certificates from Georgia Southern University and has completed coursework towards a doctorate in higher education administration also at Georgia Southern University. She has held various roles within ACT over the past 17 years and currently supports schools and districts in North and South Carolina. Prior to her work with ACT, Lefevre worked in college admissions, academic support/intervention, first-year student success, research and evaluation, and workforce pipeline development.  

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Lydia Griffin, ACT senior account executive for North Carolina

 Lydia Griffin is a senior account executive serving North Carolina and Georgia. In addition to several years teaching middle school in public, private, and online settings, she was an implementation consultant for online instructional programs and a research associate at the Georgia Tech Research Institute. She has evaluated education technology grant applications and has written content for middle-grade math textbooks and elementary school readers. Griffin holds a bachelor’s degree in middle grades education from Mercer University and a master’s degree in professional and technical communication from Southern Polytechnic State University.