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ACT Aspire Summative Assessment

ACT Aspire Summative Assessment
When placing your order, be sure to indicate that you are part of a Group Order and enter Group Owner Name ACSI where prompted in order to enjoy special benefits designed just for ACSI member schools. Orders need to be placed by 1/18/18, deadline dates on the ACT Aspire order form that differ from this date are intended for non-ACSI schools.

Measuring student growth for future success

Research shows that today and in the future good jobs will require a greater level of knowledge and skills after high school. ACT® Aspire® can help all your learners measure their progress toward the readiness they will need for future success, whether they transition to college or career. ACT Aspire is the first digital, longitudinal assessment system to fully connect the student performance with readiness benchmarks from the elementary grades through early high school.


Assessment Overview

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, anchored on the ACT®.



ACT Aspire® Summative Assessments measure student progress toward college and career readiness as defined by the pioneering research, data standards, and benchmarks of ACT.

Based on ACT College and Career Readiness Standards, ACT Aspire assessments are consistent with many state standards that are focused on college and career readiness.

Scores reflect the knowledge and skills students develop over time—across grades—and link these results to readiness for college and career, providing an evolving picture of student growth.


Features and Benefits

  • Delivers evidence–based results
  • Features additional measures that provide a more holistic view of each student
  • Gives educators greater visibility into specific areas of academic risk, allowing earlier intervention
  • Vertically scaled, standards–based battery of achievement tests
  • Linked to ACT College Readiness Benchmarks
  • Anchored by the ACT® test, for students in grades 11 and 12
  • Provides empirically–based readiness benchmarks at every level
  • Multiple question types—constructed response, selected response, and technology enhanced
  • Subject areas: English, mathematics, reading, science, and writing for grades 3–8 and early high school (grades 9–10)
  • Online delivery of assessments with paper option

Focused on College and Career Readiness

ACT Aspire is the only assessment system that can provide data to track student progress toward college and carreer readiness from grade 3 through early high school that is ancored by the ACT test.


A Deeper Understanding of Student Readiness

ACT Aspire also provides additional measures of student success not found elsewhere, including:

  • A Progress with Text Complexity indicator for students who test with reading
  • An English/Language Arts score for those students who test in English, reading, and writing
  • A STEM score for students who test in science and mathematics
  • A Progress toward Career Readiness indicator for students who test in grades 8–10 that is directly tied to the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate
  • A predicted ACT Composite score and predicted ACT Subject Score for grades 9–10 (early high school)
Periodic Assessments

Periodic Assessments

ACT Aspire® Periodic Assessments (classroom and interim) are designed to measure student understanding of the concepts and skills outlined in the ACT College and Career Readiness Standards and many state standards focused on college and career readiness. Periodic assessments help measure shorter–term student progress — providing supporting data for a more targeted and responsive program of instruction.

Periodic assessments are available as a perfect complement to the ACT Aspire Summative Assessments or as an independent assessment program.

  • Online delivery
  • Subject areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science
  • Locally controlled administration
  • Integrated system of Classroom and Interim assessments
  • Leverages more than 50 years of ACT education and career readiness research for credibility, validity, and effectiveness

ACT Aspire Interim Assessments can be administered periodically throughout the course of an academic year. They supply educators with timely and instructionally valuable data that summative assessments are not designed to provide such as information about student progress toward learning goals and objectives that can be used for adapting instruction.  Interim assessments also help educators evaluate and monitor student performance, which allows time for intervention with struggling students or for enrichment for students who are excelling.



ACT Aspire Classroom Assessments can be used to assess knowledge before starting a new unit of study, to monitor student learning during ongoing instruction, and to check student outcomes or assess the need for corrective instruction. The flexible nature of these assessments allows teachers to interpret the best time for administration while providing short–term, guiding insights to student progress.

Summative Assessments, also part of the ACT Aspire Assessment System®, inform instruction and measure student progress. They are offered separately from the Periodic Assessments.

Manuals & User Guides for ACT Aspire

Manuals & User Guides for ACT Aspire

ACT® Aspire® provides a a variety of assessment manuals, along with assessment due dates. Furthermore, step-by-step instructions for setting up and administering the ACT Aspire paper-based and computer-based assessment are available.


Click one of these icons to access:


● ACT Aspire Calendar of Training Events
● Manuals
● Assessment Due Dates
● Step-by-Step Training Resources
● ACT Aspire Knowledge Base and Training Opportunities



This site offers an indexed and searchable list of manuals, guides, checklists, and more.
This site enables users to register and access using their email address, allowing them to train training progress an dview training transcripts. It also includes "bite-sized" training modules covering a variety of subjects and topics related to both summative and periodic assessments. The modules are self-paced, and content is searchable.


For additional assistance, please call 800.367.0798 or contact ACSI Member Care.

ACT Aspire Portal

ACT Aspire Portal

The ACT® Aspire® Portal is the secure site where users perform administrative tasks associated with managing and delivering the ACT Aspire assessment.

  • Upload Student Data Files (SDUs)
  • Create Personal Needs Profiles (PNP)
  • Manage computer-based (CBT) and paper-based (PBT) test sessions
  • Record student and session comments

Access to the Portal is initially granted to Administrators and Test Coordinators listed on the Organization File.

After the initial invites to the Portal have been accepted, users may choose to delegate test administrative responsibilities and invite other peers to the Portal. For a detailed summary of ACT Aspire Portal user roles and responsibilities, visit the Portal User Roles document found on Avocet.


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Spring 2018

Spring 2018

Spring 2018 Summative Computer-Based Testing Schedule

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Spring 2018 Summative Paper-Based Testing Schedule

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Please note that ACSI will be closed for holiday break from December 23, 2017, until January 2, 2018.


Instructional Resources & Materials

Instructional Resources & Materials

Manuals and User Guides. Includes a variety of assessment manuals, along with assessment due dates. Additionally, step–by–step instructions to set up and administer the ACT Aspire paper–based and computer–based assessments are available.

Training Resources:

● The Avocet Site. This site offers an indexed and searchable list of manuals, guides, checklists and more.

● ACT Aspire Training Management System (TMS). This site requires users to register and access with their email address. They can track training progress and view training transcripts. This site also includes bite–sized training modules covering a variety of subjects and topics related to both summative and periodic assessments. The moduals are self–paced and content is searchable.

Exemplar Test Question Booklets and Student Sandbox. These resources illustrate the different tpes of test questions and formats found in both paper–based and computer–based testing modes. Users may also interact with TestNav tools and functionality by using the TestNave 8 Tutorial.

Techology Set–up. This site offers information related to computer–based testing components, installable TestNav, and additional technology resources.

Report Resources. This site provides a wide range of reporting resources. These include understanding reports, sample reports, and reporting information on Avocet and the Training Management System (TMS).

OpenEd Powered by ACT

OpenEd Powered by ACT

Driving Blended Learning From Classroom Assessments

Standards aligned K–12 resources, tailored for each student based on assessment results.

OpenEd is a system of online educational resources that are now being linked to ACT® Aspire®. The resource link is currently associated with the Periodics for mathematics, however, links to other content areas will be available in the future.

You will need to create an account to access many of the available resources, but joining is free.

Available informational links include: