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).
See how educators are using ACT Aspire to improve and track students' readiness for college and career.
Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Fox C–6 School District
St. Louis, Missouri
Connecting Student Growth: Elementary to High School
The Fox C–6 School District, near St. Louis, Missouri, has put together a comprehensive assessment plan using ACT solutions that has limited their impact on instructional time and aligned data from grade 3 through high school.
“If we really care about kids, what we want are better results on the tests that are going to get them into college and college scholarships. When we say we value the ACT results and we’re going to take assessments once a year to find out where your kids are moving towards that college and career readiness benchmark, parents say that’s a value they can get behind.”
—Declan FitzPatrick, Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Fox C–6 School District, St. Louis, Missouri
Improving College & Career Readiness
The Archdiocese of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois used ACT Aspire longitudinal data to dramatically impact college and career readiness among its students.
Providing Educators with the Tools Needed for Student Success
Maryville Christian School in Maryville, Tennessee focuses on preparing students for college and career and needed a way to help track student success.
The Mission: College and Career Readiness
The Diocese of Lake Charles district in Lake Charles, Louisiana needed a new approach to assessment and curriculum development.
College and Career Readiness Day
Setting a Higher Standard to Increase Student Success
Affton High School in St. Louis, Missouri wanted to set a standard that all students who want a higher education have the academic skills to earn one.
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|