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. In the 2015-16 school year, The Arkansas State Board of Education adopted the ACT Aspire summative assessment.
The ACT Aspire end-of-year summative assessment 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
4 ½ to 5 hours total testing time per grade
Accessibility features available for all students
Accommodations 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:
The 2020 spring testing window for ACT Aspire has been cancelled. For additional information, please see Commissioner’s Memo LS-20-089.
For more information, please contact:
Public School Program Coordinator
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Office of Student Assessment
Four Capitol Mall, Room 301-B
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
Phone: (501) 682-4559
Fax: (501) 682-4886