The ACT High School Assessments


In compliance with 2011 Assembly Bill 40 Act 20 and the 2013-15 biennial state budget, Wisconsin began assessing high school students in 9th, 10th, and 11th grades with a suite of ACT assessments beginning with the 2014-2015 school year.

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

  • 9th grade students took the ACT Aspire™ Early High School assessment in the Fall and Spring
  • 10th grade students took the ACT Aspire™ Early High School assessment in Spring
  • 11th grade students took 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 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). 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



New manuals are available for ACT Aspire for the spring administration at

Spring 2015 ACT Aspire Testing

Aspire has added a new Landing Page that will house quick links to the most frequently requested trainings, manuals, news, exemplar items, and technology resources. This should be the first place schools look for up-to-date information about the Aspire assessment.


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

Peggy Roush
College and Career Readiness Assessment Coordinator


ACT Wisconsin Website

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