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ACT Aspire Overview

Six Good Reasons

Six Good Reasons to Take ACT Aspire

  1. The only system of assessments directly connected to the most used college entrance exam, the ACT test
  2. The 1st longitudinal assessment to fully connect student performance with readiness benchmarks
  3. Accurately predicts students’ scores on the ACT
  4. Gives educators greater visibility into specific areas of academic risk
  5. Delivers evidence-based results
  6. Periodic assessments that lend to early interventions

Comprehensive System
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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.

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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.

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

ACT Aspire Product Comparison


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The Archdiocese of Chicago considered 6 different assessment programs for the Archdiocese of Chicago Next Summative Assessment. Learn why ACT Aspire stood above the rest.

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Download to learn more about ACT Aspire Assessments (PDF, 4 pages)

  • 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


In 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.


Photo of a teacher assisting a studentACT Aspire results are reported on a 3-digit score scale. We also report an “ACT Readiness Benchmark” for English, reading, 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.


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