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Schnieders, Joyce Z.; Moore, Joann L.; Herring, Jacob; Monroe, Mira – ACT, Inc., 2023
In recent years, schools and large-scale assessment developers across the United States have been providing English learners with language supports when they take tests to reduce construct-irrelevant variance, or errors in test scores due to factors that are extraneous to the construct being assessed (Thorndike et al., 1991). Some of these…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Language Tests, Student Experience, Student Attitudes
Allen, Jeff; Cruce, Ty; Dingler, Colin – ACT, Inc., 2023
ACT is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help people achieve education and workplace success. To help fulfill that mission, ACT offers school-day testing programs that provide all students with state- or district-funded access to its college readiness and admissions assessment, removing barriers to testing and opening doors to…
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Testing, Nonprofit Organizations, Access to Education
San Pedro, Sweet Z.; Moore, Raeal – ACT, Inc., 2023
With the rapid advances in technology (e.g., the internet, hardware, and software), technology-supported learning environments have widely emerged in K-16 learning and instruction. A survey found that 73% of teachers had their students use smartphones to conduct internet searches, and almost half of students reported using e-readers and tablets to…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Technology Integration, Computer Use
Daley, Nola; Casillas, Alex; Walton, Kate E.; Burrus, Jeremy – ACT, Inc., 2023
Social and emotional (SE) skills are "individual capacities that (a) are manifested in consistent patterns of thoughts, feelings, and behaviours, (b) can be developed through formal and informal learning experiences, and (c) influence important socioeconomic outcomes throughout the individual's life" (Organisation for Economic…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Social Emotional Learning, Intervention
Daley, Nola; Murano, Dana; Walton, Kate E.; Burrus, Jeremy – ACT, Inc., 2023
Social and emotional (SE) skills are interpersonal, self-regulatory, and task-related behaviors that are important for adaptation to and successful performance across all domains of life, including education and workplace settings (Casillas et al., 2015). Family engagement affects the development of these important skills (Brooks & Lambert,…
Descriptors: Social Emotional Learning, Parent Attitudes, College Entrance Examinations, Emotional Development
Bobek, Becky L.; Schnieders, Joyce Z. – ACT, Inc., 2023
In the spring of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic began to substantially disrupt the educational experiences of high school students. In addition to experiencing the pandemic disruption in high schools, students were also likely aware of disruptions in colleges and in the labor market. Fast-forward to the spring of 2023. The students who are now…
Descriptors: High School Seniors, Student Attitudes, Pandemics, COVID-19
Conway, Jeffrey – ACT, Inc., 2023
In the fall of 2020, ACT and the Mississippi Community College Board (MCCB) entered into a data sharing agreement in order to examine the validity of ACT's® WorkKeys® Assessments. WorkKeys Assessments measure students' foundational workplace skills. The focus of this technical brief is to summarize the results of several validity studies using a…
Descriptors: Test Validity, Community Colleges, Job Skills, Career Readiness
Joyce Z. Schnieders; Becky L. Bobek – ACT, Inc., 2023
A successful transition from high school to college requires that students have the necessary knowledge, skills, and mindsets in both academic and nonacademic areas. College preparation is a long process. Students complete a series of tasks including taking academic courses, searching for potential colleges, taking standardized tests, choosing a…
Descriptors: College Preparation, College Readiness, COVID-19, Pandemics
Jeff Schiel – ACT, Inc., 2023
Students in 11th or 12th grade will make important decisions about their post--high school plans, if they have not already done so. Some will plan to enter the workforce right after high school. Others will make decisions about pursuing an education goal. Will that goal be a nondegree credential or an academic degree? For those considering an…
Descriptors: High School Students, Academic Aspiration, Student Attitudes, Opinions
Jill McVey; Nola Daley; Cristina Anguiano-Carrasco – ACT, Inc., 2023
Numerous studies have demonstrated that social and emotional skills (SE skills) can predict academic achievement, including grades and test scores, and prior research at ACT has shown that stronger SE skills are associated with higher ACT scores. However, despite the abundant evidence that SE skills are beneficial for students in general, less is…
Descriptors: Social Emotional Learning, Interpersonal Competence, Academic Achievement, Students with Disabilities
Jeff Schiel; Becky L. Bobek; Joyce Z. Schnieders – ACT, Inc., 2023
There is growing interest in artificial intelligence (AI) tools, especially high-profile tools like ChatGPT, and these tools now appear to be part of the education experience for many high school students. To investigate students' use of AI tools for school assignments, their impressions of how using the tools might affect them cognitively and…
Descriptors: High School Students, Artificial Intelligence, Learner Engagement, Technology Uses in Education
Kate E. Walton; Jeff Allen; Maxwell J. Box; Jeremy Burrus; Dana Murano – ACT, Inc., 2023
Social and emotional (SE) skills are known to be linked with many important life outcomes, including academic performance, performance on standardized college entrance exams, and college enrollment. In this technical brief, the authors evaluated whether the five SE skills measured with the Mosaic™ by ACT® predict postsecondary enrollment and…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Prediction, Postsecondary Education
Allen, Jeff – ACT, Inc., 2022
The COVID-19 pandemic caused widespread disruptions to the educational system in Arkansas and across the United States. At the onset of the pandemic in March 2020, schools in Arkansas were forced to replace on-site instruction with virtual instruction. During the 2020-2021 academic year, there were three student instructional options:…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Academic Achievement, Electronic Learning
Anguiano-Carrasco, Cristina; McVey, Jill; Burrus, Jeremy – ACT, Inc., 2022
A positive school climate is important for students' social and emotional wellness and ability to learn. For example, students with positive relationships with their teachers and who feel safe at school tend to show higher academic performance (Korpershoek et al., 2020). The purpose of the current study was to examine the relationship of school…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Interpersonal Competence, Emotional Response, Wellness
Anguiano-Carrasco, Cristina; McVey, Jill; Burrus, Jeremy – ACT, Inc., 2022
Social and emotional (SE) skills are related to many positive outcomes, including academic performance, degree attainment, and life satisfaction, and are often taught through social and emotional learning (SEL) programs. Furthermore, a positive school climate is important for students' social and emotional wellness and ability to learn. For…
Descriptors: Interpersonal Competence, Social Development, Emotional Development, Educational Environment
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