Johnny Key

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A Division of the Arkansas Department of Education

ACT Aspire

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
  • All students 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
  • Predicted score for the ACTⓇ for students in grades 7-10
  • District schedules set within the state window

For more information, please contact:

Rachel Horn
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

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