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Overview

In compliance with 2011 Assembly Bill 40 Act 20 and the 2013-15 biennial state budget, Wisconsin will assess high school students in 9th, 10th, and 11th grades beginning with the 2014-2015 school year.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is entering into a partnership with ACT®, Inc. to comprehensively assess Wisconsin high school students:

  • 9th grade students will take the ACT Aspire™ Early High School assessment in the Fall and Spring
  • 10th grade students will take the ACT Aspire™ Early High School assessment in Spring
  • 11th grade students will take The ACT® Plus Writing and the ACT® WorkKeys® Assessment System in the Spring

ACT Aspire™ Early High School - ACT Aspire assesses student readiness in English, math, 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.

The ACT® Plus Writing - The ACT Plus Writing consists of four multiple-choice tests: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science; and a 30-minute essay test that measures writing skills. ACT Plus Writing will be a paper and pencil test in Wisconsin for the 2015 administration

ACT® WorkKeys® - ACT WorkKeys is an applied skills assessment system that helps students compare their skills to the skills real jobs require.  Wisconsin students will take three WorkKeys assessments: Locating Information, Reading for Information, and Applied Mathematics. ACT WorkKeys will be a paper and pencil test in Wisconsin for the 2015 administration.

All students will be administered these assessments except for the 1% of students with significant cognitive disabilities who will be assessed with an alternate assessment. ACT®, Inc. has provided testing services for more than 50 years and their assessments have evolved over the years to reflect the nation's view of education to embrace lifelong learning and prepare students to be college and career ready after high school graduation. It is anticipated that contract negotiations between the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and ACT, Inc. will be completed during the Spring of 2014.

What's New

 

Chromebook FAQ! Just posted to the Aspire Avocet website. Download this helpful document if you plan on testing with Chromebooks this fall. Chromebook FAQ


 

ACT Aspire Chromebook Announcement

Wisconsin DPI and ACT are pleased to announce that Chromebooks will be supported for the ACT Aspire Early High School assessment beginning in the fall of 2014.  A sample of schools that choose to assess their students with Chromebooks will be asked to participate in research being conducted by ACT. Schools testing with Chromebooks agree to cooperate fully with DPI and ACT in this research activity. Specific technology related information about Chromebooks and the ACT Aspire assessment will be available on-line later this summer and provided at the August face-to-face trainings.

 


 

Anyone associated with PK-12 education is welcome to subscribe to the new "announcement listserv", actwisconsin.

 

DPI will use the actwisconsin list to send out:

- ​routine correspondence

- training notifications and opportunities

notices of major additions to the DPI ACT webpage or ACT Wisconsin webpage

deadline and milestone reminders

 

To subscribe to actwisconsin:

Please send a blank email message without a subject line to:  join-actwisconsin@lists.dpi.wi.govYou will receive a reply requiring you to confirm your subscription by clicking on a link embedded in the reply.

 


 

ACT Assessments and Common Core State Standards

Wisconsin adopted the Common Core State Standards in 2010.  ACT and DPI continue to work collaboratively to ensure that the ACT assessments measure what students have learned through our adopted standards. If Wisconsin students are taught with the rigor and complexity as required by the Common Core, they will be well prepared to be successful with the ACT assessments. 

Quick Contacts


 

ACT Aspire™ Early High School Customer Support

888-802-7502

ACTAspire_Implementation@ACTAspire.org

 

ACT/WorkKeys® State Testing Administration Customer Service

800-553-6244 ext 2800

Accommodation Questions

800-553-6244 ext 1788 

http://www.act.org/aap/state/contact.html 

 


 

DPI Contact

 

Peggy Roush

College and Career Readiness Assessment Coordinator

608-266-5187

margaret.roush@dpi.wi.gov

 


 

ACT Wisconsin Website

http://www.act.org/aap/wisconsin/index.html

 

For questions about this information, contact osamail@dpi.wi.gov
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