Sep 1, 2017 by

 “ACT Develops Social-Emotional Learning Assessment” – by Shane Vander Hart — Truth in American Education


[COMMENTS FROM DONNA GARNER:  Now the ACT is falling right in line with the rush toward measuring social-emotional learning — SEL.  I do not believe the question is whether or not students should develop good character traits (i.e., social-emotional learning – SEL). Of course they should. The question is whether those character traits that are unique for each and every human being can be and should be measured objectively, particularly by teachers who are non-certified psychologists and psychiatrists.  


The next concern is the huge danger to children’s lives from being labeled (or mislabeled) by their teachers while in Pre-K and having that SEL data follow those children as a part of their computerized data file from cradle-to-grave – WITHOUT PARENTAL CONSENT AND WITHOUT A WAY FOR MISREPORTED DATA TO BE CORRECTED.  


Congress and ESSA are to blame for putting into statute the social-emotional learning emphasis that moves our nation’s classrooms away from fact-based, academic instruction over into the subjective/affective domain. To learn more about what is in ESSA, please go to:


1.13.16 – “Dear Moms and Dads: Big Brother Is About to Join the Family” — By Jane Robbins – The Pulse 2016 —



12.17.15 — “The Celebration Has Begun – Cradle-to-Grave Big Government” — By Donna Garner – EdViews.org






“ACT Develops Social-Emotional Learning Assessment”

by Shane Vander Hart

ACT has developed its own social-emotional learning assessment for middle and high school students and officially jumps into the latest education fad.

Here’s the press release they sent this week:

IOWA CITY, Iowa—ACT today announced the launch of ACT Tessera, a comprehensive next-generation assessment system designed to measure social and emotional learning (SEL) skills. The new system will provide assessments for middle and high school students (grades 6-12), as well as actionable lesson plans for teachers looking to integrate SEL into their classrooms.

A growing number of research studies—including ACT’s own research—have confirmed that SEL skills, sometimes known as behavioral or noncognitive skills, are essential for success in education and career.

“ACT is committed to a holistic approach to measuring student readiness for success in college and career, and that is why we are launching ACT Tessera,” said ACT Chief Commercial Officer Suzana Delanghe. “SEL skills are important, are measurable and can be enhanced through evidence-based strategies. ACT Tessera will provide insights on SEL skills to students, parents and educators that will help students succeed.”

Based on the research-validated and widely adopted SEL factors, ACT Tessera measures six areas:

  • Tenacity/Grit
  • Composure/Resilience
  • Organization/Responsibility
  • Curiosity/Ingenuity
  • Teamwork/Cooperation
  • Leadership/Communication Style

“Research shows teachers believe programs in SEL are essential and investing in SEL programs can result in major long-term and economic benefits for society,” said ACT Vice President and Chief Scientist Rich Roberts. “ACT Tessera not only helps measure SEL skills, it delivers a Teacher Playbook with activities designed to help students develop and improve.”

A recently released research report from ACT confirmed the importance of SEL skills. The Importance of Behavioral Skills and Navigation Factors for Education and Workreported that both education and workforce professionals believe that these skills are critical for lifelong success.

The study examined survey responses from school teachers, college instructors and workforce supervisors across the nation regarding the importance of social and emotional learning skills.

Key findings included the following:

  • Behavioral skills are rated important in preparing students for college and workplace success by more than 80 percent of K-12 teachers, postsecondary instructors and workforce supervisors.

Behavioral skills are interpersonal, self-regulatory and task-related behaviors such as acting honestly, getting along with others, keeping an open mind, maintaining composure, socializing with others and sustaining efforts.

  • Navigation factors are viewed as important by nine in ten K-12 teachers and by around two-thirds of postsecondary instructors and workforce supervisors.

Navigation factors are defined as personal characteristics, processes and knowledge that influence people as they journey along their education and career paths, including self-knowledge, environmental factors, integration and managing career and education actions.

ACT Tessera, along with other ACT assessments solutions, align with the ACT®Holistic Framework. The Holistic Framework is a comprehensive, research-based framework that includes core academic skills, cross-cutting capabilities, behavioral skills and navigation factors across critical transitions that are considered essential for achieving education and career success.

Watch to see if your school starts using this particular assessment. As with any assessment, we encourage parents to opt your student out.

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