- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The nonprofit group that administers the ACT college readiness test is letting go 80 workers, mostly from its headquarters in Iowa City.

ACT announced job cuts Wednesday that will reduce its workforce to about 1,320, or by about six percent.

The organization said the cuts were made to improve efficiency and position itself for future growth. They were made across several departments.

Those affected are receiving severance packages and free outplacement services. Company leaders said they “sincerely regret the impact of these actions on valued departing team members” and their families.

Incoming CEO Marten Roorda said ACT must be “cost-effective, agile and innovative” as the markets for assessment tests change rapidly.

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