About the Data
ACT Aspire™ Early High School assesses student readiness in English, mathematics, reading, science, and writing. ACT Aspire is an online assessment in Wisconsin except for students who require accommodations through Braille, Large Print or American Sign Language who will take ACT Aspire™ in a paper and pencil format.
ACT Aspire™ is linked to ACT® College Readiness Benchmarks. ACT Aspire™ consists of multiple question types: constructed response, selected response and technology-enhanced.
In 2014-15 the ACT Aspire™ assessment was administered to 9th grade students in both the fall and the spring and to 10th grade students in the spring. Beginning with the 2015-16 school year, the ACT Aspire™ is administered to 9th and 10th grade students in spring only.
ACT Aspire™ Data Availability
ACT Aspire™ results are provided in WISEdash for Districts beginning with the results from the 2014-15 school year fall administration for students in grade 9 and expanded to include the 2014-15 school year spring administration for students in grades 9 and 10. ACT Aspire™ results are published annually as they become available.
ACT Aspire™ Data Exchange
Districts are required to administer ACT Aspire™ in the spring of each school year to students in grades 9 and 10. After the conclusion of an administration window for all districts across the state, ACT Aspire™ results from that administration are provided to DPI. DPI loads those results into the data warehouse for presentation in WISEdash for Districts. WISEdash for Districts also displays each student’s ACT Aspire™ results in the Student Profile.
Part of the data loading process involves matching the assessment with the appropriate student in the data warehouse. That process uses the WISEid, student name, and date of birth and allows some degree of variation or inaccuracy. Even so, some records cannot be matched and will be loaded and reported as unknown. A very small percentage of records may be misidentified with an incorrect student.
- Planned Load Schedule
- Annually in the summer
- ACT Aspire™ results are reported on a 3-digit score scale for English, reading, mathematics and science.
- 3-digit scores are compared to ACT® Readiness Benchmarks for English, reading, mathematics and science to determine whether or not students are on track to meet college-ready benchmarks on the ACT®. Students that are reported as “Exceeding” or “Ready” have met the ACT® Readiness Benchmark for a subject while students that are reported as “Close” or “In Need of Support” have not met the ACT® Readiness Benchmark for a subject.
- The ACT subject score readiness benchmark values are shown in the table below. Students who score at this level or above are considered “ready.” Note that these values were obtained using spring performance, meaning that scores for students who test in the fall are compared to a spring benchmark. Therefore, performance relative to the benchmark is an indication of what a student still needs to learn in order to be “ready” by the end of the year. Values for all categories can be found in Table 2 in the ACT Aspire™ Interpretive Guide for ACT Aspire Summative Reports.
3-digit scores are also reported for an overall composite score (average of the English, reading, mathematics and science scores), an English language arts (ELA) score (average of the English, reading and writing scores) and a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) score (average of the mathematics and science scores).
There are no ACT® Readiness Benchmarks for composite scores.
Subject Skill Scores
A number of 2-digit subject skill scores are also reported for each subject. For example, three subject skill scores are reported for English in 9th grade: 1) conventions of standard, 2) knowledge of language and 3) production of writing.
2-digit subject skill scores are compared to ACT® Readiness Benchmarks. Students that are reported as Within ACT® Readiness Range have met the ACT® Readiness Benchmark while students that are reported as Below ACT® Readiness Range have not met the ACT® Readiness Benchmark.
The Progress with Text Complexity indicator reports whether or not students are making sufficient progress toward reading the complex texts that they will encounter as they further their education and work toward college and career. Results are reported as “Making Progress” and “Not Making Progress.”
The Progress Toward Career Readiness indicator predicts each student’s future ACT National Career Readiness Certificate™ achievement level. Achievement levels are reported as “Gold”, “Silver”, “Bronze” or “No Certificate.” Although students may receive a “Platinum” ACT National Career Readiness Certificate™ this result is rare enough that it is not predicted by the ACT Aspire™ assessment.
The Predicted ACT Score Range reports the predicted score range for the ACT® English, mathematics, reading and science tests. If all four ACT Aspire™ subject tests were taken then a predicted ACT® composite score range will also be provided.
Limitations with ACT Aspire™ Data
- The Progress Toward Career Readiness indicator is only a prediction of a student’s ACT National Career Readiness (NCR) Certificate™ achievement level. A student may actually receive an achievement level other than the level predicted.
The ACT Aspire dashboards only display results of students in grades 9 and 10 who completed the ACT Aspire. Students in these grades who did not complete ACT Aspire (parent opt outs, students who tested with Dynamic Learning Maps, etc.) are not included on these dashboards. To view results for students who completed DLM, users will need to conduct a specific student search to find these results.
Close: Students in the Close category scored below but near the ACT® Readiness Benchmark, considering the measurement error.
Exceeding: Students in the Exceeding category scored substantially above the benchmark and have a much higher chance to be college and career ready.
In Need of Support: Students in the In Need of Support category performed substantially below the ACT® Readiness Benchmark.
Ready: Students in the Ready category have met the ACT® Readiness Benchmark and are on target for 50% or higher likelihood of college course success by grade 11.