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Kuo, Yi-Lung; Allen, Jeff; Casillas, Alex – ACT, Inc., 2020
This study investigated the relationships between social and emotional learning factors and course failure for 9,308 7th-9th graders. Student self-report measures of social and emotional learning (SEL) and biographical factors (ACT® Engage® Grades 6-9) were analyzed through multiple regression models with propensity score weighting techniques. The…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Grade 7, Grade 8
Payne, J. Scott; San Pedro, Sweet Z.; Moore, Raeal; Sanchez, Edgar I. – ACT, Inc., 2020
High-stakes, standardized testing plays an important role in the lives of many students as they apply to college and compete for scholarships. In states where college readiness measures, like the ACT® test, are used for school and district accountability, the ACT scores of all students, whether college-bound or not, are a top priority for school…
Descriptors: Test Preparation, Testing Programs, State Programs, School Districts
Kuo, Yi-Lung; Casillas, Alex; Walton, Kate E.; Way, Jason D.; Moore, Joann L. – ACT, Inc., 2020
The interactions of race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status (SES) in predicting social and emotional (SE) skills was examined for 81,950 6th-8th graders. At low levels of SES, White students tended to have the lower SE scores. However, as SES increased, they tended to have higher scores relative to minority groups. Across SES levels, Asian…
Descriptors: Racial Differences, Ethnicity, Socioeconomic Status, Emotional Response
Harmston, Matt – ACT, Inc., 2020
Out of over 1.9 million students in the 2018 ACT-tested graduating class, 44% took the full ACT® test at least twice in hopes of improving their scores. Camara and Allen (2017) support this practice, confirming that factors such as time in the classroom between test administrations are associated with increases in ACT Composite scores from the…
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Repetition, Scores, Probability
Albert, Melissa A.; Way, Jason D.; Moore, Joann; Walton, Kate E.; Casillas, Alex; McCormick, Norma Ortiz – ACT, Inc., 2020
Learners from underserved backgrounds tend to show lower levels of college readiness (ACT, 2016a; ACT, 2018). In part to address these disparities, the authors investigated growth in social and emotional (SE) skills in a cohort of largely Hispanic, high-poverty students who participated in GEAR UP. GEAR UP is a discretionary federal grant program…
Descriptors: Intervention, College Readiness, Hispanic American Students, Poverty
Radunzel, Justine; Mattern, Krista – ACT, Inc., 2020
This study conducted in collaboration with a postsecondary institution highlights results from a concurrent validity study of administering ACT® section tests to their entering freshmen who previously took the ACT test in high school. Students' ACT scores obtained from section retesting were found to be as predictive of first-term grade point…
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Scores, Pretests Posttests, Predictor Variables
Moore, Joann L.; Li, Tianli; Lu, Yang – ACT, Inc., 2020
The Every Student Succeeds Act requires that English Learners (ELs) are included in annual state testing (grades 3-8 and once in high school) and included in each state's accountability system disaggregated by subgroup to ensure that they receive the support they need to learn English, participate fully in their education experience, and graduate…
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Scores, English Language Learners, Accountability
Allen, Jeff – ACT, Inc., 2020
This brief summarizes five benefits of schools providing the PreACT® to all their students. The PreACT 8/9 (an earlier version of the PreACT test that is more appropriate for students in grades 8 and 9) and PreACT assessments are designed to provide students with an indication of their educational progress in the context of preparing for the ACT®…
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Test Preparation, Educational Benefits, Multiple Choice Tests
Cruce, Ty; Mattern, Krista – ACT, Inc., 2020
This brief describes that publicly-available ACT Superscore Database (or Tableau dashboard). The Database reports nationally and for each state the distribution of students across the full ACT Composite score scale based on three scoring methods: most recent score, highest score from a single test attempt, and ACT Superscore based on the highest…
Descriptors: Scores, College Entrance Examinations, Databases, Scoring
Schiel, Jeff L. – ACT, Inc., 2020
Students exhibit a variety of test-related behaviors before and during the American College Testing (ACT®) test. Previous ACT research has identified associations between test-related behavior and ACT test performance. For example, test preparation has been shown to be associated with modest ACT Composite score gains on the second ACT testing…
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Student Behavior, Test Wiseness, Scores
Steedle, Jeffrey T.; Hepburn, Andy – ACT, Inc., 2020
GPS Education Partners (GPSEd) is a community-based nonprofit organization and work-based learning intermediary offering a statewide manufacturing youth apprenticeship in Wisconsin. During their one to two years in the program, students meet high school graduation requirements, receive industry-specific and job-specific training, technical…
Descriptors: Job Skills, Success, Academic Achievement, Work Experience Programs
Steedle, Jeffrey T.; Girdler, Ray – ACT, Inc., 2020
The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) is focused on transforming Arkansas to lead the nation in student-focused education. To accomplish this vision, one of ADE's goals is for each student to meet or exceed milestones along pathways to graduate high school prepared for college, career, and community engagement. Some career and technical…
Descriptors: Career Readiness, High Schools, High School Students, Job Skills
Steedle, Jeffrey T.; Hawk, Wendi – ACT, Inc., 2020
This study sought to estimate the potential benefits of using ACT® WorkKeys® Curriculum to improve foundational workplace skills and subsequent performance on the ACT® WorkKeys® Applied Math, Workplace Documents, and Graphic Literacy assessments. Students at Nevada State High School (NSHS) took the WorkKeys Assessments before and after using ACT…
Descriptors: High School Students, Program Effectiveness, Job Skills, Occupational Tests
Radunzel, Justine; Mattern, Krista – ACT, Inc., 2020
Beginning in September 2020, students will have the option to retake one or more sections of the ACT® test (referred to as section retesting, modular testing, or single-subject retesting), instead of needing to take the entire battery again. Section retests will only be available to students who have previously completed the full battery and only…
Descriptors: Testing, Repetition, College Entrance Examinations, Scores
Allen, Jeff; Mattern, Krista; Camara, Wayne – ACT, Inc., 2020
This brief presents a method for predicting the impact of school closures on average ACT® test scores. The purpose is to illustrate a methodology and major conditions that should be considered in predicting aggregate ACT scores when school closes prematurely and learning and testing are disrupted. Across three scenarios examined herein, the impact…
Descriptors: Predictor Variables, Outcomes of Education, School Closing, College Entrance Examinations
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