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Fall 2017 Reporting Updates

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

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

 
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

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.