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The ACT High School Assessments Accommodations and Supports

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ACT logoState and federal laws require that state assessments must allow for the inclusion of all students, including students with disabilities and English language learners. Accommodations and supports are practices and procedures that provide equitable access to grade-level content. They are intended to reduce or eliminate the effects of a student’s disability or level of language acquisition; they do not reduce learning expectations. The accommodations or supports provided to a student must be consistent for classroom instruction, classroom assessments, and district and state assessments. It is important to note that while some accommodations or supports may be appropriate for instructional use, they may not be appropriate for use on a standardized assessment.

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ACT Aspire Early High School

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ACT Aspire is an online assessment in Wisconsin except for students who require accommodations through Braille, Large Print, or American Sign Language. Only students needing Braille, Large Print, or American Sign Language will take ACT Aspire in a paper and pencil format.

Supports are available to English Language Learners. For details, see the ACT Aspire English Learner Supports webpage.

Administration of ACT Aspire with accommodation-level supports is a locally determined decision. Requests to use accommodation-level supports must be made through the online Personal Needs Profile (PNP) process.

The ACT Aspire accessibility system defines four levels of support. 

  1. Default Embedded System Tools are available to all students as needed.
  2. Open Access Tools are available to all students, but must be identified in advance in the ACT Aspire Personal Needs Profile (PNP).
  3. Accommodations are considered high-level supports needed by relatively few students and must be requested in advance by school personnel on behalf of the student through the online ACT Aspire PNP process.
  4. Modifications are not permitted because they violate the construct being tested by altering what the test is attempting to measure.

Consult the Accessibility Users Guide for further details and instructions on using the online Personal Needs Profile (PNP).

ACT Aspire Accessibility System
Support Level Category Description More Information

Support level 1

Default Embedded System Tools

Automatically available to the default user.

ACT Aspire Accessibility User’s Guide p. 5

Support level 2

Open Access Tools

Available to all users but must be identified in advance in the Personal Needs Profile (PNP).

ACT Aspire Accessibility User’s Guide p. 6

Support level 3

Accommodations

High level accessibility tools requested for use via the online PNP process.

Includes use of word-to-word dictionary and translated test directions.

ACT Aspire Accessibility User’s Guide p. 7

Support level 4

Modifications

Not permitted because they violate the construct being tested by altering what the test is attempting to measure.

ACT Aspire Accessibility User’s Guide p. 8 and “When Instruction and Assessment Supports Differ” section on p.19

For questions about this information, contact osamail@dpi.wi.gov