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Sanchez, Edgar – ACT, Inc., 2019
Test preparation plays an important role in high-stakes standardized testing. While test preparation companies may claim large, at times unrealistic, gains associated with product use, much of which can be very costly, scientific research supports a more moderate impact of test preparation. ACT offers a number of test preparation opportunities for…
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Test Preparation, Online Courses, Scores
Allen, Jeff M.; Mattern, Krista – ACT, Inc., 2019
States and districts have expressed interest in administering the ACT® to 10th-grade students. Given that the ACT was designed to be administered in the spring of 11th grade or fall of 12th grade, the appropriateness of this use should be evaluated. As such, the focus of this paper is to summarize empirical evidence evaluating the use of the ACT…
Descriptors: Test Validity, College Entrance Examinations, High School Students, Grade 10
Kuo, Yi-Lung; Casillas, Alex; Allen, Jeff – ACT, Inc., 2019
This study investigated the moderating roles of motivation, social engagement, and self-regulation in predicting academic achievement in grades 11-12 for 3,281 7th-9th graders. Standardized assessments of college readiness (ACT® Explore and the ACT® test) and student self-report measures of social emotional learning factors (ACT® Engage® Grades…
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Student Motivation, Self Control, Predictor Variables
Harmston, Matt T.; Camara, Wayne J.; Phillips, Christine K. – ACT, Inc., 2019
Average score change: How big is big? This paper discusses school-level changes in average ACT scores and highlights an interactive tool designed to facilitate score change comparisons.
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, High School Students, Scores, Reliability
Steedle, Jeffrey T. – ACT, Inc., 2019
GPS Education Partners is a community-based nonprofit organization and the only manufacturing-specific, statewide Department of Workforce Development Youth Apprenticeship Program in Wisconsin. During 1-2 years of study at GPS, students meet high school graduation requirements, receive industry-specific and job-specific training and technical…
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Credentials, Career Readiness, Education Work Relationship
Walton, Kate E.; Burrus, Jeremy; Anguiano-Carrasco, Cristina; Way, Jason; Murano, Dana – ACT, Inc., 2019
ACT® Tessera® is a comprehensive assessment system designed to measure five social and emotional skills. Due to its many desirable features, the ACT Tessera development team adopted the Big Five taxonomy, the dominant personality trait model, as the organizing framework. Researchers factor analyzed personal trait-related adjectives identified in…
Descriptors: Interpersonal Competence, Emotional Intelligence, Personality Traits, Alignment (Education)
Bobek, Becky L.; Zhou, Joyce Yile – ACT, Inc., 2019
Navigating education and career paths presents young people with many choices and challenges. Underserved youth are particularly vulnerable to the challenges that can interfere with navigating their paths effectively. At the same time, young people equipped with the knowledge and skills to overcome obstacles are able to succeed and realize the…
Descriptors: College Students, Interviews, Success, Travel
Allen, Jeff – ACT, Inc., 2019
This study examines the effects of adoption of ACT® Aspire® Periodic Assessments on student academic growth, as measured by the ACT Aspire Summative Assessments. A difference-in-difference analysis shows that adoption of the ACT Aspire Interim Assessments leads to improvements in academic growth. Averaging results across all subject areas and…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Achievement Tests, Adoption (Ideas), Academic Achievement
Steedle, Jeffrey T. – ACT, Inc., 2019
The Global Assessment Certificate™ (GAC) program helps international students develop the academic knowledge, learning practices, and English language skills required to enroll at universities and earn a bachelor's degree (ACT, 2019). The GAC program includes three levels of instruction (Level I, Level II, and Level III), each entailing a…
Descriptors: College Preparation, Foreign Students, Undergraduate Students, College Readiness
Croft, Michelle; Moore, Raeal – ACT, Inc., 2019
Rural students are often overlooked when it comes to education policy reform. However, the majority of rural students in nearly half the states are from low-income families, generally earn lower scores on standardized high school assessments, lack access to rigorous coursework, and attend college at lower rates than do students from non-rural…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Rural Education, Access to Education, Low Income Students
ACT, Inc., 2019
This report looks at the progress of the ACT®-tested 2019 US high school graduating class relative to college and career readiness. The data in this report are based on nearly 1.8 million graduates--52% of the students in the 2019 national graduating class--who took the ACT at some time from grade 10 to 12. The ACT was taken by the majority of…
Descriptors: College Readiness, Career Readiness, High School Graduates, High School Students
Mattern, Krista – ACT, Inc., 2019
A great deal has been written on the topic of test validity. Guiding our work at ACT are "The Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing" (2014), which outlines best practices in test development and validation. As ACT transitions from an assessment company to a learning, measurement, and navigation organization, a framework for…
Descriptors: Test Validity, Measurement Techniques, Evidence, Test Content
Heisdorf, Sarah – ACT, Inc., 2019
The transition from high school to college can be a nerve-wracking process for any student, but some students may face more obstacles than other students along their journey. Hispanic students currently make up roughly 18 percent of all college students and are one of the largest minority groups at universities nationwide. However, based on…
Descriptors: Hispanic American Students, High School Students, Student Attitudes, College Readiness
ACT, Inc., 2019
The inaugural "Higher Education Research Digest" was released in 2017 (see ED581669) along with the "Enrollment Management Database," a tool assisting enrollment managers, admissions personnel, and other college administrators with student recruitment, enrollment, and success strategies. For this third edition of the Digest,…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Enrollment Management, Student Recruitment, Databases
Kienzl, Gregory – ACT, Inc., 2019
Finding the funds to attend college often means that many students must acquire loan debt through financial aid. This confusing but critically necessary process can influence college planning and enrollment decisions, post-college employment, and other important life choices, such as enrolling in graduate school, buying a home, or getting married.…
Descriptors: Paying for College, Costs, College Bound Students, Student Attitudes
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