Updated Writing Scale Scores:
For the fall Summative administration ACT® Aspire® has updated the score reports to no longer provide an overall writing scale score. The writing scale score will still be produced to contribute to the English Language Arts (ELA) score, which will have an updated benchmark that is empirically based on the new ELA benchmark on the ACT test.
The writing reporting categories of “Ideas and Analysis”, “Development and Support”, “Organization”, and “Language Use and Conventions” are still reported in in the two-page Individual Student Reports (ISR) within ACT Aspire Summative. The ISR scores provide detailed information that both teachers and parents will find informative. The combination of teacher knowledge and insights of their students’ ability with the provided “Improvement Ideas” present on the Individual Student Report ensures the teacher conversation with students and parents will be rich with information.
Reasons behind the decision to not report an overall scale score for the writing task are: Read More
- The writing section of ACT Aspire consists of one writing task that is scored, in most cases, by a single rater. One task alone is not sufficient to support some of the score uses and interpretations that have been made by stakeholders; therefore, ACT has modified score reporting to avoid potential misinterpretations.
- ACT believes that the overall writing scale score should not be used for high-stakes decisions, including school accountability, and that the overall ELA score is a more reliable measure that is appropriate for such interpretations.
ACT Aspire writing tasks, outlined below, rotate through three writing modes/ genres, depending on the students’ grade. The scores produced from the students’ responses to the writing task are reported in the four writing reporting categories, which correspond to four domains, or traits, of the writing sample.
The four writing reporting categories from ACT Aspire writing assessment provide information on relative strengths observed in the student’s performance for the writing mode assessed at each grade. When comparing writing scale scores across grades, it is important to understand that differences can be related to a student’s performance related to the writing mode, among other factors.
Updated ELA Benchmark:
Currently, ACT Aspire Summative ELA score is computed by averaging scores on English, reading and writing, and the original ELA benchmark was developed by similarly averaging the benchmarks for English, reading and writing. That methodology has been used on ACT Aspire from spring 2014 through spring 2017. This is a straightforward application that provides reliable indicators for student performance in ELA subjects. This methodology was used appropriately in past administrations to produce both ELA scores and the ELA benchmark in all ACT Aspire reports. The benchmark is set as a reference for students’ performance in ELA. Read More
The updated ACT Readiness Benchmark for ELA in ACT Aspire can be used to indicate whether students are on target to be college ready in grade 11 for success in the first-year ELA-related college courses.
Updated STEM Benchmark:
Currently, ACT Aspire Summative STEM score is computed by averaging scores on math and science, and the original STEM benchmark was developed by similarly averaging the benchmarks for math and science. That methodology has been used on ACT Aspire from spring 2014 through spring 2017. This is a straightforward application that provides reliable indicators for student performance in STEM subjects. This methodology was used appropriately in past administrations to produce both STEM scores and the STEM benchmark in all ACT Aspire reports. The benchmark is set as a reference for students’ performance in STEM. Read More
The updated ACT Readiness Benchmark for STEM on ACT Aspire can be used to indicate whether students are on target to be college ready in grade 11 in STEM majors
Updated report samples:
The sample below shows a prototype of how an individual student report may look without the writing scale score.
The sample below shows a prototype of how an individual student report may look with the writing reporting categories.
For more information see:
Understanding Your ACT Aspire Summative Results and Interpretive Guide for ACT Aspire Summative Reports.