ACT Research: Impact of COVID-19 on Learning and Testing

COVID-19 has challenged the educational ecosystem in myriad ways. ACT research highlights students' voices related to the challenges of learning and testing amid the pandemic, how they're fairing socially and emotionally, as well as COVID-19's predicted impact on test scores.

Disruptions and Gains: Students’ Reflections on the Effects of the Pandemic

This issue brief shares what was learned from 1,893 high school students’ survey responses and provides insights into what educators could do to better support students as the pandemic is waning and these students are heading toward the next phase of their education
and career journeys. 

College Preparation Opportunities, the Pandemic, and Student Preparedness:

Perspectives From Class of 2021 College-Bound ACT Test-Takers

In this brief, we share what we learned from 2,354 high school seniors’ survey responses and provide insights into what educators and policymakers can do to better support college-bound students’ preparation.

Student Voice Research

ACT Test Performance

Policy Research

  • Learning Opportunities: Understanding Scores from ACT’s Assessment Suite During the COVID-19 Pandemic (July 13, 2021) This policy brief summarizes findings from school-day testing on ACT Aspire Interim (grades 5-10), PreACT (grade 10), and the ACT test (grades 11-12) during the 2020-21 school year. Key findings from ACT’s research into scores from ACT’s assessment suite during the coronavirus pandemic can be found in this brief, followed by recommendations for policymakers, educators, and other stakeholders regarding opportunities to target future resources and supports to best address any impacts to students’ academic learning.

Social-Emotional Learning