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ACT Aspire Overview


Our Classroom Assessments are designed for flexible implementation between their Interim counterparts. Each assessment provides guiding insights to student progress.


Our Interim Assessments serve as a means for fast, convenient, and accurate measurement. They can be implemented at intervals leading up to the ACT Aspire Summative Assessment.


We offer a system of annual vertically articulated, standards-based system summative assessments linked to ACT College Readiness Benchmarks and other sets of state standards.


  • Vertically articulated, standards-based system of summative, interim, and classroom assessments
  • Linked to ACT College Readiness Benchmarks and aligned with the 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 3–8 and early high school (grades 9–10)
  • Modular administration of subjects and grades available
  • Online delivery of assessments with traditional paper-and-pencil option


College-Career-Readiness_Act-Aspire_Assessment14In addition to subject scores, there are reporting categories based on the ACT College and Career Readiness Standards and aligned to the other sets of college and career readiness standards being used by states (of which the Common Core State Standards are one).

Along with valuable new measures of readiness (STEM scores, text complexity, etc.), there is deeper, more valuable data that will enable educators to better inform instruction and parents to better understand their student’s progress. Student score reports are available to download or print, and can be distributed to students and parents.


College-Career-Readiness_Act-Aspire_Assessment15ACT Aspire results are reported on a 3-digit score scale. We also report an “ACT Readiness Benchmark” for English, reading, writing, math and science at each grade level to provide additional perspectives on student readiness. Users can use the new ACT Readiness Benchmarks from grades 3–10 to determine if students are on track for readiness at the appropriate grade/subject levels.

A composite score is provided for all students who receive scores in English, math, reading, and science beginning at grades 8–10.


ACT Aspire is launching a new formative assessment component. For instructional relevance, this component:

  • is positioned to provide the standards level of insight needed to guide classroom instruction
  • has a flexible design that empowers classroom teachers to interpret the ideal assessment parameters that best support their instructional efforts in classroom, small group or individual instruction



Assessment is not the endgame of learning. It is a toolset consisting of summative, periodic, and formative components. No single element, no matter how well-intentioned or detailed, can match a complete assessment solution.