Arkansas replaced the PARCC assessment during the 2015-2016 school year with the ACT Test (11th grade), and the ACT Aspire (3rd-10th grades).
ACT Aspire is an assessment system that measures academic achievement in English, math, reading, science, and writing in grades 3 through 10. ACT Aspire is linked to the ACT College and Career Readiness Standards, research-based information that makes test results meaningful by connecting a student’s ACT Aspire score to specific skills and knowledge important for college and work success. Your child’s teacher can use this information to address areas for improvement, build on strengths, and most importantly—impact your child’s potential.
ASPIRE Summative Assessments are given near the end of the school year, usually around end of April and May to all 3rd-10th graders. The content areas tested include English Language Arts (reading and writing), math and science.
The Arkansas Department of Education has created ACT Aspire resources to help parents and students better comprehend the testing program. These parent/student resources can be found here. Educator resources can be found following this link.
The ACT Aspire assessment program has several useful tools to help educators plan implement instruction. They include exemplars, rubrics, and performance level descriptors.
Rubrics for Writing can be found here.
Performance Level Descriptors outline the knowledge and skills that a child should be able to demonstrate at each grade level in each content area. These descriptors can be found by clicking here.
District Testing Calendar
Interim #1 (English, reading, math, science) Testing window for grades 3-10 will be October 28th-November 11th.
Interim #2 Testing window for grades 3-10 will be January 9th-January 20th.
Interim #3 Testing window for grades 3-10 will be February 27th-March 10th.
The summative ACT Aspire test for grades 3-6 will be April 25th-April 27th.
The summative ACT Aspire test for grades 7-10 will be April 18th-April 20th.