Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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A Division of the Arkansas Department of Education

ACT Aspire Implemented Changes

ACT has implemented two changes to the 2017-2018 reports that educators should make note of as they analyze their results:
 
  1. 1. ACT Aspire will no longer report a writing scale score - for more information
  2. 2. ELA and STEM benchmarks have been updated
Educators should expect to see some changes in ELA and STEM percent ready due to a change in the ELA and STEM cut scores.   Prior to Fall 2017 reporting, ACT set new ACT Aspire readiness benchmarks for the combined ELA score (English, Reading and Writing) and combined STEM score (Science and Math).   Because ACT Aspire scores are predictive of performance on the ACT, the ELA and STEM cut scores were updated to more accurately reflect the increased performance expectations of the ACT and college readiness.  There were no changes in the benchmarks for individual subject areas English, Reading, Science and Mathematics.  The 2018 ACT Aspire ELA and STEM scores cannot accurately be compared to those for previous years because of the change in this year’s cut scores.   The ADE recommends comparing average scale scores across years rather than percent ready when analyzing the data. 
Please refer to the following two documents for more information on this update.
The following reporting resources may be found on Avocet.  
 
Interpretive Guide for ACT Summative Reports
Understanding your ACT Aspire Summative Reports
Understanding your ACT Aspire Summative Reports - Spanish
Aspire Summative Reports Guide
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