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Periodic Assessments

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Download to learn more about ACT Aspire Periodic Assessment (PDF, 2 pages)

ACT Aspire does not limit the understanding of student progress to assessment opportunities available only at the completion of the year. It includes optional Periodic Assessments in the form of Interim and Classroom configurations.

These are short-duration, highly revealing assessments designed to produce snapshots of each learner’s achievement at intervals throughout the academic year. As such, they are ideal for acknowledging that a learner’s progress is at pace for success with the Summative assessment at the conclusion of the year. Conversely, they are equally ideal for identifying that a learner may require critical, corrective re-teaching to develop the essential skills that will be measured by the Summative assessment.

Such is the value of the intermittent progress appraisal that no contemporary assessment system is complete if it lacks a periodic assessment component.

ACT Aspire Interim Assessments

ACT Aspire Classroom Assessments

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.

Assessments: 4 Interim Assessments, per grade, and per content area
Format: Fixed-format, computer-based, multiple choice
Grades: 3 through 10
Content Areas: English, math, reading, and science
Duration: 45 minutes or less
Available Feedback: Immediate, computer-based analysis and reporting
Reports: Student/Parent; Teacher/Group; School/District; Item Response/Analysis

ACT Aspire Classroom Assessments are designed for implementation between their Interim counterparts described above. The flexible nature of these assessments allows teachers to interpret the best time for administration. Each assessment provides short-term, guiding insights to student progress.

Assessments: 10 Classroom Assessments, per grade, and per content area
Format: Fixed-format, computer-based, multiple choice
Grades: 3 through 8
Content Areas: English, math, reading, and science
Duration: 10 to 15 minutes
Available Feedback: Immediate, computer-based analysis and reporting
Configuration: Each five-item Assessment is mapped to 1-2 Standards
Reports: Student/Parent; Teacher/Group; Item Response/Analysis

PERIODIC TECHNICAL MANUAL

Periodic Technical Manual (PDF)


Includes validity evidence that supports appropriate interpretations of test scores and describes various content and psychometric aspects of ACT Aspire Periodic Assessments.