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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 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).
Level of Support Availability
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 the students Personal Needs Profile (PNP) before a student is placed in a test session
English Learner Support
Available for students not proficient in English
Available only for students when documented in an IEP, 504 Plan or other accommodations/support plans
Are not permitted because they violate the construct being tested by altering what the test is attempting to measure.