Summative Assessments

Arkansas law requires that all public school students shall participate in a statewide program of educational assessments per Ark. Code Ann. §§ 6-15-419, 6-15-433, 6-15-2009. The Arkansas State Board of Education has adopted the ACT Aspire summative assessment for the 2015-16 school year.  2016-1017 will be the second year for Arkansas to use the ACT Aspire test.  
The ACT Aspire will be used to assess all Arkansas public school students in grades 3-10 unless they qualify for an alternate assessment.  Each student will participate in English, reading, writing, math and science tests.

Quick Facts about ACT Aspire Summative Assessments

  • Required for all students in grades 3-10
  • Each student will be assessed in English, reading, math, science and writing
  • Approximately 4 ½ hours total testing time per grade
  • There are NO videos on this assessment.  No headphones are required for the general testing population.  
  • Headphones will only be needed for text-to-speech students.  
  • Accessibility features are available for all students
  • Accommodations are available for qualifying students
  • Students in grades 9 and 10 will receive a predicted score for the ACTⓇ
  • Schools set their own schedules within the following windows
  • Computer-based administration: April 10 - May 12
Naming the Interim /Summative Test Sessions

The state has asked us to use a particular naming convention when creating test sessions. 

Example test session name: 
  • 05 represents the grade 
  • S stands for Science with underscore – (M-Math, E-English, R-Reading, W-Writing) 
  • MJONES is the teacher's first initial last name followed by an underscore 
  • Location - LIBRARY or other room descriptor, period number, all acceptable.