A Complete Solution
Assessment is not the endgame of learning. It is a toolset consisting of summative and periodic components. No single element, no matter how well-intentioned or detailed, can match a complete assessment solution.
Following the interruption of schooling due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, schools may not have been able to offer a spring 2020 administration. Going into the 2020-2021 academic year, standard-based measures of student achievement are needed more than ever. Because learning gains (or losses) during the shutdown period are expected to vary considerably student-to-student, measures of student achievement are particularly important heading into 2020-2021. Fall test scores reflect the net impact of learning that occurred through 2019-2020, summer learning loss and additional loss caused by the school shutdowns, and any positive effects of shutdown mitigation efforts (such as online learning or starting school early in the fall).
Careful effort ensures that reports connect teaching and learning in ways that are valuable to all levels of stakeholders. To that end, ACT Aspire reporting philosophy follows guiding principles, based on User-Centered Design.
For individual student history, ACT Aspire reports longitudinal growth and student growth percentiles (SGPs). Aggregate reports for schools, districts and states provide the ability for custom user-defined groups to allow for more flexibility in reporting.
Scores that describe students’ longitudinal growth in English, reading, mathematics and science. Each scale score is linked to college and career data through scores on the ACT assessment.
Performance Level Descriptors (PLDs)
Performance Level Descriptors outline the knowledge, skills, and practices that students performing at any given level achieve in each content area at each grade level.
Our solution incorporates multiple question types including constructed response, selected response, and technology-enhanced items to better assess student knowledge and provide more meaningful insights.
ACT Aspire assessments are appropriate for all students except for those with the most severe cognitive disabilities. These students require alternative assessments based on alternate achievement standards (AA/AAS) to meet their unique needs, as determined by states and local school districts.
Training & Resources
ACT Aspire strives to provide a world-class training program. We acknowledge that a high-quality training program directly impacts the success of a student’s testing experience. We are dedicated to providing convenient training options that can be accesses when and where they are needed.
Getting Started with ACT Aspire
We encourage you to learn more about the value of delivering ACT Aspire assessments by completing our information request form. Upon completing the request, an ACT representative will reach out to you to discuss the program.
With both summative and periodic assessments available, ACT Aspire can be administered in a number of ways to meet the needs of your students. Special “bundled” pricing is available when the summative and periodic assessments are purchased together.
|ACT Aspire Periodic||$10.00 per student|
|Summative Online Testing||$25.00 per student|
|Summative Paper Testing||$31.00 per student|
|Summative Options||Printed Individual Student Reports: $1.50
Printed Individual Score Labels: $0.50
|Summative||Order 400-1,000 students: $1.00 off/Student
Order over 1,000 students: $2.00 off/Student
When Summative and Periodic ordered during same school year: $2.00 off/Student (applied to Summative)
Two test windows are available for ACT Aspire Summative testing each year: One window in the fall and one window in the spring. The ACT Aspire Summative assessment is a computer-delivered test. However, it can be delivered via paper-and-pencil testing for an additional fee. The periodic assessments are CBT only.
|Test Session||Agreement Deadline||Testing Window|
|Aspire Periodic 2020-2021||NA||Sept 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021|
|ACT Aspire Summative Fall 2020||October 9, 2020||Sept 1, 2020 - Nov 20, 2020|
|ACT Aspire Summative Spring 2021||April 9, 2021||March 29, 2021 - May 21, 2021|