Position objective: The summer intern will provide support in furthering ACT’s understanding of the environmental factors that influence students’ attitudes toward, decision-making about, and usage of test preparation. This work will help us better articulate the key levers in test preparation usage through a literature review and with the implementation of a research study. The results of this work will be used as the foundation to investigate the impact of the introduction of modular testing and superscoring on test prep. Co-authorship of publications and submissions to national conferences will also be considered.
Description of type of work/area of focus: The summer intern will capitalize on ecological factors (e.g., systems theory and thinking) in program evaluation to better understand test preparation use. Work will focus on studying ecological factors (e.g., the application of systems theory) in understanding current research on test preparation followed by the design and implementation of a pilot study. The study will help ACT to understand the environmental factors that influence students’ attitudes toward, decision-making about, and usage of test preparation. Work will include: a) the documentation of methodological approaches, b) a framework that applies these methodological approaches to test preparation, c) the implementation of a pilot study that applies this framework, and d) a write-up of findings from the pilot study. A paper will be written that synthesizes this work. Submission to national conferences will also be considered.