ACT: Engage

ACT Engage® Grades 6–9, formerly known as the Student Readiness Inventory (SRI), is designed to identify youth at academic risk by augmenting standardized achievement testing with measures of important psychosocial indicators. It is a low-stakes, self-report inventory made up of ten scales (106 items, 4th-grade reading level) that can be generally organized into three broad domains that have been shown to be predictive of academic performance and persistence:
  • Motivation includes personal characteristics that help students to succeed academically by focusing and maintaining energies on goal-directed activities.
  • Social Engagement includes interpersonal factors that influence students’ successful integration into their environment.
  • Self-Regulation includes cognitive and affective processes used to monitor, regulate, and control behavior related to learning.

ACT Engage captures students’ perceptions of themselves, their families’ commitment to education, school-related factors, and important behavioral information. It is designed for students in 6th, 7th, 8th, or 9th grade and yields a broad profile of students’ psychosocial characteristics that can be used to inform intervention. Results from ACT Engage also indicate whether students are psychosocially “on-track” to succeed in high school. Research has shown that ACT Engage has excellent psychometric characteristics and is a valid predictor of student success. It provides schools with individual-level as well as school-level results.

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