Create a Stronger Start with ACT Aspire
From grades 3 through 10, ACT® Aspire® offers a unique, connected approach to measuring student progress. The system is anchored by the ACT® test for students in grades 11 and 12 and provides empirically based readiness benchmarks at every grade.
ACT Aspire Fast Facts
- Vertically articulated, standards-based system of summative, interim, and classroom assessments
- Algined to ACT College Readiness Benchmarks and Common Core State Standards
- Anchored by the capstone college readiness assessment, the ACT
- Multiple question types: constructed response, selected response, and technology-enhanced
- Subject areas: English, math, reading, science, and writing for grades 3–10
- Modular administration of subjects and grades available
- Online delivery of assessments with traditional paper-and-pencil option
The ACT Aspire Assessment System® is a vertically scaled, standards-based system of assessments that monitors student growth and progress toward college and career readiness.
We offer a system of annual vertically articulated, standards-based Summative Assessments linked to ACT College Readiness Benchmarks and other sets of state standards.
Our Interim Assessments provide fast, convenient, and accurate measurement. They can be implemented at intervals leading up to the ACT Aspire Summative Assessments.
Our Classroom Assessments are designed for flexible implementation between their Interim counterparts. Each assessment provides guiding insights to student progress.
College Readiness Benchmarks
The ACT College Readiness Benchmarks are the minimum ACT test scores required for students to have a reasonable chance of success in first-year credit-bearing college courses at the typical college.
The Forgotten Middle
ACT data show that fewer than two in 10 eighth graders are on target to be ready for college- and career-level work by the time they graduate from high school.
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||$9.00 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 Discounts||Order four or more grades of students: $1.00 off/Student
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: $4.00 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||Contract Deadline*||Testing Window|
|Aspire Periodic 2019-2020||NA||Sept 3, 2019 - June 30, 2020|
|ACT Aspire Summative Fall 2019||CLOSED||Sept 30, 2019 - Nov 22, 2019|
|ACT Aspire Summative Spring 2020||April 10, 2020||Apr 13, 2020 - May 22, 2020|
*This deadline is the date a signed contract is required. It is possible to complete enrollment and sign the contract the same day using a digital signature.