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Jan 27, 2020

In this interview, Gunter Maris explains the theory behind The Wiring of Intelligence, a network model of learning. He also quotes Leo Tolstoy and references Sherlock Holmes.

Maris describes the actions of a “crazy electrician” who wires the connections in our brains. The network theory of intelligence developed by...


Jan 2, 2020

A lot of research goes into ACT tests. Every question begins with psychometric grounding. Items are field tested and answers are checked for validity. Assessments must measure ability and not reward random guesswork on the part of the test-taker. In addition to accuracy, test items are also extensively reviewed for...


Nov 21, 2019

In this episode of ACTNext Navigator podcast, we’ll go under the hood of ACT's automated essay scoring engine, CRASE+.

Our guests are Erin Yao and Scott Wood. They’ve been working for many years on CRASE+, a product acquired in 2014 when ACT purchased Pacific Metrics. CRASE+ is a writing assessment tool that begins...


Nov 19, 2019

In this episode, guest Jay Thomas, Senior Assessment Designer at ACT, discusses how eye-tracking can go beyond psychometrics to evaluate and validate assessment and testing.

There are several parts to eye-tracking. The first is saccades, the rapid eye movements made during reading that don't always follow left-to-right....


Oct 4, 2019

In this episode, guests Yigal Rosen, Kristin Stoeffler, and Laurel Ozersky talk about the cross-cutting capabilities (CCCs) of creative and computational thinking. CCCs are part of ACT's Holistic Framework for college and career readiness.

Yigal and his group are leading some of the research and development in support...