ACT Aspire: Arkansas

Important Dates

For 3rd through 10th Grade Students

Testing Windows:
Periodic Test Window: September 9, 2019 - May 29, 2020
(Periodic testing during Summative window is not recommended)
Summative Test Window: April 6 - May 8, 2020

Periodic Schedule of Events (pdf)

Summative Schedule of Events (coming soon)

Test Administration Process Overview

Select your current phase of the test administration process to see resources related to that section, or simply scroll down the page.

  1. Orientation - Get oriented with the testing program.
  2. Configuration - Configure testing setup and systems.
  3. Verification - Verify needs for accommodations and/or supports.
  4. Preparation - Prepare for testing.
  5. Administration - Administer the test successfully.
  6. Transportation - Transport materials and data to ACT.
  7. Interpretation - Interpret score reports and test data.

Orientation

Get oriented with the testing program.

Learn about ACT Aspire

ACT Aspire® is the first computer-based longitudinal assessment system for college and career readiness that connects student progress from elementary grades through high school. 

Tips for Success

  • Bookmark the url for your state’s testing website (this site) and check back frequently for updated information and content.
  • Mark important dates from your Schedule of Events on your calendar and set reminders for deadlines.
  • Familiarize yourself with the seven stages of the testing cycle (Orientation, Configuration, Verification, Preparation, Administration, Transportation, and Interpretation) by browsing these sections for ACT Aspire. 

Configuration

Configure testing setup and systems.

Make Staff Arrangements

Complete Technical Site Readiness

Access and Use 

Training Opportunities

Note: Both on-demand videos and self-paced slideshows are available to watch. Titles may include:

  • PearsonAccessnext Basics
  • Manage Participation
  • Online Testing Readiness
  • Configuring TestNav
  • ProctorCache
  • Create Test Sessions through SRI
  • Managing and Registering Students

Tips for Success

  • Review your Schedule of Events for important technical deadlines.
  • Familiarize yourself with the updated technical requirements and manuals.
  • Download the newest version of TestNav and run an AppCheck on each device prior to testing.
  • Watch the technical training videos available to familiarize yourself with tech readiness.

Verification

Verify needs for accommodations and/or supports.

Arrange for Accommodations and/or Supports

Tips for Success

  • Enter Personal Needs Profile for all applicable students before adding them to a test session.
  • Create and add students to your accommodated test sessions before the deadline in your Schedule of Events to ensure paper test materials are shipped.
  • Paper test materials are only available for Large Print, Braille, and American Sign Language.

Preparation

Prepare for testing.

Train your staff

  • Training Plan Steps (coming soon)

Provide Test Prep Resources to Examinees

Training Opportunities

Note: Both on-demand videos and interactive slideshows are available to watch. Titles may include:

  • Online Testing Administration
  • Manage an Online Test Session
  • Managing Students in Sessions

Tips for Success

  • Remember to hold a training session with all testing staff before test day. This is required and is separate from the briefing session that happens on test day. Suggested topics to cover during the training session are in your administration manual.
  • Set up all test sessions and assign students.

Administration 

Administer the test successfully.

Read the Periodic Testing Resources 

Read the Summative Testing Resources

  • Accessibility User's Guide: Summative Testing (coming soon)
  • Test Coordinator Manual: Summative Testing (coming soon)
  • Room Supervisor Manual: Paper Summative Testing (coming soon)
  • Room Supervisor Manual: Online Summative Testing (coming soon)

Read these Supplements

Tips for Success

  • Start your test sessions in the portal before students log in.
  • Contact ACT to assist you in troubleshooting if you're having technical difficulties.
  • Don't force close your students in a test session. Follow the "Will not Test" process after the testing window is finished.

Transportation

Transport materials and data back to ACT.

Return Paper Summative Testing Materials

  • Room Supervisor Manual: Paper Summative Testing (coming soon)
  • Test Coordinator Manual: Summative Testing (coming soon)

Close out Online Testing

  • Room Supervisor Manual: Online Summative Testing (coming soon)
  • Test Coordinator Manual: Summative Testing (coming soon)

 

Tips for Success

  • Record all irregularities according to instructions in the adminstration manuals.
  • Close out all test sessions.
  • Enter "Will not Test" codes for those students who didn't test by the deadline listed in the Schedule of Events.

Interpretation

Interpret score reports and test data

Tips for Success

  • Refer to your Schedule of Events for when you can access score reports.
  • Sample score reports and complete descriptions of the reports’ contents are available in the Interpretive Guide for ACT Aspire Summative Reports.