Increasingly, states are looking to use ACT Aspire assessment for accountability. While ACT Aspire consistently conducts internal alignment studies, as well as looking to independent, objective organizations (like the Fordham Study) for continued rigor ensuring alignment, it’s important to remember that states will need to secure independent alignment of their standards against the ESEA requirements. ACT and ACT Aspire stand ready to continue our work with customers to ensure alignment and that the assessments fully meet requirements under the ESEA.
Recently, the U.S. Department of Education informed a number of states, that portions of their submissions to the Standards and Assessments Peer Review were determined to “partially” meet requirements under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The classification “Partially meets requirements” means that the states must supply the Department of Education with additional requested documentation before assessments can be fully approved for use under the new law.
ACT is committed to assisting customers to supply the additional documentation requested. If, in the future, your state intends to submit an ACT assessment for peer review, we look forward to working with you to ensure that the assessment fully meets requirements under the ESEA.