The ACT High School Assessments


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

Wisconsin ACT State Organization 2015 Annual Conference 

Registration is now open for the Wisconsin ACT State Organization 2015 Annual Conference which is scheduled for Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at the Madison Marriott West. Over 700 participants attended this event last year and registration will close this year when capacity levels are reached. Speakers from many organizations are scheduled to present including: ACT, ACT Aspire, DPI, CESA, school/district staff, and higher education. Please consider joining us for this important professional development opportunity. The link to registration can be found below. 


Per contractual negotiations, any Wisconsin high school may use Chromebooks for the ACT Aspire administrations during the 2014-15 school year. There is no need to register contact DPI or ACT Aspire regarding your intent to use Chromebooks. Any Wisconsin high school who is administering the ACT Aspire as a statewide test can use Chromebooks, laptops or desktop computers to administer this assessment.

ACT Aspire Portal Training: Recording of August 2014 Face-to-Face Training

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


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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