The new ACT Aspire Technical Manual replaces Technical Bulletin #1 and Technical Bulletin #2, and contains detailed technical information about the ACT Aspire® summative assessment. The principal purpose of the manual is to document technical characteristics of the ACT Aspire assessment in light of its intended purposes. The ACT Aspire Technical Manual documents the collection of validity evidence that supports appropriate interpretations of test scores and describes various content and psychometric aspects of the ACT Aspire. Multiple test design and development processes are articulated documenting how ACT attends to building the assessment in line with the validity argument and how concepts like construct validity, fairness, and accessibility are attended to throughout the process. Also described are routine analyses designed to support ongoing and continuous improvement and research intended to assure the program remains psychometrically sound.
ACT endorses and is committed to industry standards and criteria. ACT endorses and is committed to complying with The Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing (AERA, APA, & NCME, 2014). ACT also endorses the Code of Fair Testing Practices in Education (Joint Committee on Testing Practices, 2004), which is a statement of the obligations to test takers of those who develop, administer, or use educational tests and test data in the following four areas: developing and selecting appropriate tests, administering and scoring tests, reporting and interpreting test results, and informing test takers. ACT endorses and is committed to complying with the Code of Professional Responsibilities in Educational Measurement (NCME Ad Hoc Committee on the Development of a Code of Ethics, 1995), which is a statement of professional responsibilities for those involved with various aspects of assessments, including development, marketing, interpretation, and use.