The ACT High School Assessments


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The Wisconsin High School Assessments are comprised of:

  • ACT Aspire™ Early High School assessment for grades 9 and 10 students
  • The ACT® Plus Writing for grade 11 students
  • The ACT® WorkKeys® for grade 11 students

All students are administered these assessments except for the 1% of students with significant cognitive disabilities who are assessed with an alternate assessment, the Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM). 

ACT Aspire™ Early High School

  • ACT Aspire Early High School is a summative assessment that measures what students have learned in the areas of: English, Reading, Math, Science, and Writing.
  • ACT Aspire Early High School is an online assessment. Only a small number of students who require testing in a specialized format such as Braille or large print materials, or those students who require American Sign Language translation will be tested with a paper and pencil test.
  • ACT Aspire Early High School scores predicts how a student will perform on both The ACT and ACT WorkKeys when they reach 11th grade. Students who need academic interventions or challenges can be identified earlier in their high school careers.

The ACT® Plus Writing

  • The ACT tests include: Reading, Math, English, Science, Writing. The ACT Plus Writing is a paper and pencil test.
  • The ACT Plus Writing helps students understand what they need to learn next so they can build rigorous high school course plans and identify career areas that align with their interests.
  • Wisconsin high schools will be certified as ACT® state testing sites. Scores from the administration of The ACT Plus Writing (if taken with ACT Standard Time or ACT-approved accommodations) can be used by students for a variety of purposes including college admission, scholarships, course placement, and NCAA eligibility. 

ACT WorkKeys®

  • The ACT WorkKeys tests included in the state administration are: Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, and Reading for Information.
  • The ACT WorkKeys system is a paper and pencil assessment used to help students understand how they can improve their career readiness skills and helps employers determine whether individuals are qualified for positions.  
  • Students can earn National Career Readiness Certificates (NCRC) which are recognized by business and industry nationwide. Through obtaining a National Career Readiness Certificate, students have a clear way to demonstrate their abilities to future employers. 

What's New


ASPIRE Test Window

The Aspire test window opens for 9th and 10th is April 25 - May 27.

Test Times (in minutes)

These are the test times for Wisconsin ASPIRE testing. The general AVOCET webpage and the generic ASPIRE trainings may contain information that may not apply or may be incorrect with regards to the Wisconsin ASPIRE testing.


  • please make sure that you review the available resources such as the Room Supervisor Manual, Technology Coordinator Manual, Accommodations User Guide, Portal User Guide, training modules, and ACT Policy FAQs. The training modules are about 15 minutes each, and focus on starting, monitoring, troubleshooting, and the administration functions for this assessment.
  • The ASPIRE help desk can be reached at 800.802.7502 Extension: 7 or
  • Please add * to your email safe senders list to ensure receipt of important communications from ASPIRE, including the Portal Invitation.

    Monitoring Dashboard

The Portal Monitoring dashboard option provides you status reports to help you track and monitor your sessions. Once you login the portal, you may access the monitoring reports by clicking on Summative tests ->Monitoring Dashboard.

  • The Student-Test Assignment Widget gives a count of the number of students assigned to take each test subject, as well as students not yet assigned to any test.

•       The Test Session Status Widget shows how many tests are currently in each test status, such as In Progress or Closed.

•       The Student PNP Supports Distribution Widget shows usage data about different features and test attributes, and will display different data depending on what you select to see.

•       the Student Session Status widget displays test sessions by type, either online or paper, and then breaks down what status the students are in within those sessions.


Room Supervisors must never close a test session. Test sessions should only be closed by Test Coordinators. There were many requests last year for reinstatement because Room Supervisors were closing the test session at various times prior to the completion of testing by all students. We have had numerous cases of this both last fall and spring. Test Coordinators must communicate with each Aspire Room Supervisor and be sure they understand that under no circumstances should room supervisors click on the button to close test sessions. It is advisable to leave all Aspire test sessions open until the third week of May or until your school has completed all Aspire testing before closing any test sessions. Attached to this email are instructions for Wisconsin Summative: Steps for Exiting and Resuming Active Test Sessions. Test Coordinators should make a copy of this for each Room Supervisor with instructions that it should be available and referred to while testing.

More details regarding the ACT ASPIRE testing updates is available at

ACT Data and Press Release

There are two different ACT data releases this year for the 2014-15.

The ACT data for the graduating class of 2015: This includes the information about the performance of the 2015 graduating seniors who took ACT as sophomores, juniors, or seniors, and self-reported at the time of testing that they were scheduled to graduate in 2015. The press release for this data from August 26th is available at

The state-administered ACT data for all juniors: This includes the performance data for all junior students who participated in the state administered ACT during the Spring of 2015. This data is embargoed so the data should not be shared publicly prior to the state press release. The press release for this data was on January 13th and is available at



Quick Contacts

ACT Aspire™ Early High School Customer Support


ACT/WorkKeys® State Testing Administration Customer Service

800-553-6244 ext 2800
Accommodation Questions
800-553-6244 ext 1788 

DPI Contacts

Viji Somasundaram
College and Career Readiness Assessment Coordinator
Phil Cranley
Data, Student Demographics and Privacy Issues

Duane Dorn
Test Security


ACT Wisconsin Website

For questions about this information, contact