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The ACT High School Assessments


The Wisconsin High School Assessments are comprised of:


  • ACT Aspire™ Early High School assessment for grades 9 and 10 students
  • The ACT® with 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). 

Welcome to your Testing Program Letter: This document contains a list of changes for 2016-17, common terms used, and a testing process overview.

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 predict 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® with writing

  • The ACT tests include: Reading, Math, English, Science, Writing. The ACT with writing is a paper and pencil test.
  • The ACT with 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 with 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

ACT Data for Spring 2016 Statewide Administration

The statewide press release for Spring 2016 ACT, Forward Exam, and DLM is scheduled for Tuesday, October 18. Performance data from these assessments will be available in the WISEdash public portal on this date. 

ACT Data for the Graduating Class of 2016

  • This data includes performance information about the 2016 graduating seniors who took the ACT as sophomores, juniors, or seniors, and self-reported at the time of testing that they were scheduled to graduate in 2016.
  • This is the first year that all public school junior students in Wisconsin are reflected in the ACT graduate data press release. While results from previous years reflected only the scores for students who were headed to college, this year’s data reflects all students’ achievement, yielding the opportunity to assess college and career readiness for all students. It is also important to note that comparison of the graduation data results between this year and the previous years is not meaningful as a result of this change.
  • Please refer to the DPI press release for additional details regarding the 2016 ACT graduate data. This information was released to the press on August 24 and may be publicly released.

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

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

Duane Dorn
Test Security

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