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ACT Aspire Accommodations and Supports

aspire 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.

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 and pencil format.

English Learners

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

ACT Aspire Accessibility System 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 Users Guide for further details and instructions on using the online Personal Needs Profile (PNP).
Support Level
Support level 1
Default Embedded System Tools
Automatically available to the default user.
Support level 2
Open Access Tools
Available to all users but must be identified in advance in the Personal Needs Profile (PNP).
Support level 3
High level accessibility tools requested for use via the online PNP process. Includes use of word-to-word dictionary and translated test directions.
Support level 4
Not permitted because they violate the construct being tested by altering what the test is attempting to measure.