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ACT Aspire Accommodations and Supports

Aspire Accessibility

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State 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.

ACT Aspire Levels of Support

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

Universal Supports - Available to all students

Designated Supports - Available to any student for whom a need has been identified for. These supports are planned locally to ensure proper delivery and may need to be entered in a student's Personal Needs Profile (PNP) before a student is placed in a test session

English Learner Supports - Available for students not proficient in English - For more information on EL Supports visit the English Learner Supports for Aspire webpage.

Accommodations - Available only for students when documented in an IEP, 504 Plan or other accommodations/support plans

Modifications - Are not permitted because they violate the construct being tested by altering what the test is attempting to measure.

Braille, Large Print, or American Sign Language

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/pencil format.