The ACT High School Assessments


The Wisconsin High School Assessments are comprised of:

  • ACT Aspire™ Early High School assessment for grades 9 and 10 students
  • The ACT® Plus Writing for grade 11 students
  • The ACT® WorkKeys® for grade 11 students

ACT Aspire™ Early High School

  • ACT Aspire Early High School is a summative assessment that measures what students have learned in the areas of: English, Reading, Math, Science, and Writing.
  • ACT Aspire Early High School is an online assessment. Only a small number of students who require testing in a specialized format such as Braille or large print materials, or those students who require American Sign Language translation will be tested with a paper and pencil test.
  • ACT Aspire Early High School scores predicts how a student will perform on both The ACT and ACT WorkKeys when they reach 11th grade. Students who need academic interventions or challenges can be identified earlier in their high school careers.

The ACT® Plus Writing

  • The ACT tests include: Reading, Math, English, Science, Writing. The ACT Plus Writing is a paper and pencil test.
  • The ACT Plus Writing helps students understand what they need to learn next so they can build rigorous high school course plans and identify career areas that align with their interests.
  • Wisconsin high schools will be certified as ACT® state testing sites. Scores from the administration of The ACT Plus Writing (if taken with ACT Standard Time or ACT-approved accommodations) can be used by students for a variety of purposes including college admission, scholarships, course placement, and NCAA eligibility. 

ACT® WorkKeys®

  • The ACT WorkKeys tests included in the state administration are: Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, and Reading for Information.
  • The ACT WorkKeys system is a paper and pencil assessment used to help students understand how they can improve their career readiness skills and helps employers determine whether individuals are qualified for positions.  
  • Students can earn National Career Readiness Certificates (NCRC) which are recognized by business and industry nationwide. Through obtaining a National Career Readiness Certificate, students have a clear way to demonstrate their abilities to future employers. 

All students are administered these assessments except for the 1% of students with significant cognitive disabilities who are assessed with an alternate assessment, the Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM). 

What's New

9th Grade ACT Aspire 

There will now only be one administration of the ACT Aspire in the Spring.  The ACT Aspire are no longer administered during the Fall.

ACT Aspire Reporting

ACT Data and Press Release

There are two different ACT data releases this year for the 2014-15.

  • The ACT data for the  graduating class of 2015: This includes the information about the performance of the 2015 graduating seniors who took ACT as sophomores, juniors, or seniors, and self-reported at the time of testing that they were scheduled to graduate in 2015. The press release for this data was on August 26th and, districts can release this data to the public.
  • The state-administered ACT data for all juniors: This includes the performance data for all junior students who participated in the state administered ACT during the Spring of 2015. This data is embargoed until October so the data should not be shared publicly prior to the state press release.


Quick Contacts

ACT Aspire™ Early High School Customer Support


ACT/WorkKeys® State Testing Administration Customer Service

800-553-6244 ext 2800
Accommodation Questions
800-553-6244 ext 1788 


DPI Contact

College and Career Readiness Assessment Coordinator
Viji Somasundaram


ACT Wisconsin Website

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