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Radunzel, Justine; Schiel, Jeff – ACT, Inc., 2021
Formally launched in September 2018, the ACT® Certified Educator™ program is a professional learning and credentialing program designed to help educators improve their teaching and tutoring strategies and skills and be fully equipped to support student learning in the core content areas of the ACT® test. In this study, participants' views of the…
Descriptors: Teacher Certification, Faculty Development, Program Descriptions, Teaching Methods
Moore, Raeal; Hayes, Shannon; Cruce, Ty – ACT, Inc., 2021
This is the fourth report in a series of studies conducted to investigate ACT's fee waiver program. Although the three prior reports in this series provide valuable descriptive information about ACT fee waiver usage and test-day absenteeism among students who use fee waivers, this brief provides information directly from students who registered…
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Attendance, Fees, Financial Support
Cruce, Ty; Hayes, Shannon; Moore, Raeal – ACT, Inc., 2021
This high rate of test-day absenteeism is concerning. The ACT test is an important step in the college-going process, with over 1,500 colleges across the US either requiring, recommending, or considering test scores as a criterion for admission decisions. Fee waivers are intended to remove the financial burden of taking the test, thus potentially…
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Attendance, Student Behavior, Trend Analysis
Schiel, Jeff – ACT, Inc., 2021
Unsafe schools can negatively impact students' wellbeing and educational success. This study focuses on one of the potential effects of unsafe schools, decreased standardized test scores. Research suggests that school climates that are positive and provide students with a place where they can feel insulated from neighborhood violence are…
Descriptors: Institutional Characteristics, School Safety, College Entrance Examinations, Academic Achievement
Sanchez, Edgar; Moore, Raeal – ACT, Inc., 2021
Studies have investigated contextual factors such as family, school, and peer support for test preparation, and results generally indicate that students with a stronger support system are more successful at increasing their scores by the use of test preparation. One important contextual factor, often overlooked in the literature, is how a testing…
Descriptors: Test Preparation, Scores, Context Effect, Testing
Howland, Shiloh; Moore, Raeal; Sanchez, Edgar I. – ACT, Inc., 2021
From the first cases of COVID-19 emerging in early February 2020 to the wave of school closings across the country in mid-March, the effects of the pandemic have been felt across the United States. In light of unprecedented changes, ACT's researchers sought to understand how high school students, specifically rising seniors, were being impacted.…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, High School Seniors, College Attendance
Moore, Raeal; Hayes, Shannon – ACT, Inc., 2021
ACT has been investigating issues and supports related to high school students' mental health even before the COVID-19 pandemic. ACT researchers expanded on prior research by asking students to indicate, near the beginning of the new 2020-2021 school year, their perceptions of how well their school was supporting their mental health and the extent…
Descriptors: Mental Health, Readiness, High School Students, COVID-19
Moore, Raeal; Hayes, Shannon; Croft, Michelle – ACT, Inc., 2021
At least 55 million students ended the 2019-2020 school year learning at home after approximately 124,000 public and private schools closed their doors due to the coronavirus. More recently, only a little over a third of students were in the classroom five days a week, with the remainder learning entirely or partially at home. At the end of the…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Electronic Learning, Student Needs, High School Students
Sanchez, Edgar I. – ACT, Inc., 2021
In this study, I examined several ecological factors at play when students make use of test preparation. I first looked at students' usage of test preparation and followed that with an examination of the relationship between family income and test preparation use. Finally, I examined familial support in preparing for admissions exams. Many…
Descriptors: Test Preparation, Correlation, Family Income, College Entrance Examinations
Wang, Shichao; Li, Dongmei; Steedle, Jeffrey – ACT, Inc., 2021
Speeded tests set time limits so that few examinees can reach all items, and power tests allow most test-takers sufficient time to attempt all items. Educational achievement tests are sometimes described as "timed power tests" because the amount of time provided is intended to allow nearly all students to complete the test, yet this…
Descriptors: Timed Tests, Test Items, Achievement Tests, Testing
Steedle, Jeffrey T. – ACT, Inc., 2021
Statewide testing with college admissions exams dates to 2001, when Colorado and Illinois introduced the practice. Such testing expanded in subsequent years, and beginning in 2017--2018, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) allowed states to use a college admissions exam to meet accountability requirements for high schools. Some see this option…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, College Entrance Examinations, High Stakes Tests, Academic Achievement
Moore, Joann L. – ACT, Inc., 2021
This study examined the performance of English learners (ELs) taking the ACT® test with testing supports, as compared to ELs and non-ELs taking the ACT without supports or accommodations. Contextual factors were also explored, including high school experiences and demographic characteristics such as low-income and first-generation college student…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, College Entrance Examinations, Testing Accommodations, First Generation College Students
McVey, Jill; Casillas, Alex – ACT, Inc., 2021
ACT, the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP), and Alliance College-Ready Public Schools (Alliance) collaborated to examine the efficacy of NCCEP's Career & College Clubs (CCC) curriculum for increasing college readiness skills in high school students participating in Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for…
Descriptors: High School Students, Clubs, Career Readiness, College Readiness
Wood, Scott; Yao, Erin; Haisfield, Lisa; Lottridge, Susan – ACT, Inc., 2021
For assessment professionals who are also automated scoring (AS) professionals, there is no single set of standards of best practice. This paper reviews the assessment and AS literature to identify key standards of best practice and ethical behavior for AS professionals and codifies those standards in a single resource. Having a unified set of AS…
Descriptors: Standards, Best Practices, Computer Assisted Testing, Scoring
Schiel, Jeff – ACT, Inc., 2021
For many years, ACT has studied the relationships between high school students' educational experiences and successful educational outcomes, such as college persistence and graduation. As ACT continues this work, there are opportunities to learn about students' other experiences as well, including negative ones that could hinder academic…
Descriptors: High School Students, Outcomes of Education, Academic Persistence, College Graduates
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