Assessment Definitions

State-Required Assessments

ACT Aspire Early High School (Grades 9 and 10)

The ACT Aspire is administered to all Wisconsin 9th and 10th graders for the purpose of determining academic readiness in the areas of English/ Language Arts/ Math and Writing.  In past years the state did not assess 9th graders.   In the 2014-15 school year ACT Aspire was implemented 9th graders in the fall and spring.   In place the the WKCE state assessments at Grade 10, the ACT Aspire will be implemented in the spring.  The goal of this assessment is to provide teachers parents and students with the insights they need to get and keep students on track for college and career readiness.   ACT Aspire (fully aligned to the Common Core WI State Standards) will be linked to ACT College Readiness Standards and Benchmarks.   


ACT Plus Writing (Grade 11)

This curriculum and standards-based educational assessment and career planning tool measures high school students’ academic readiness for college and career in the areas of English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science; and a 30 minute essay test that measures writing skills.   According to ACT 52% of US graduates in 2012 take the ACT every year.   ACT continually updates its research to ensure that the benchmarks are reflective of college success.   


ACT WorkKeys  (Grade 11)

As part of the ACT assessment continuum, Wisconsin 11th graders also participate inthe ACT WorkKeys.   This assessment measures foundational skills in three (3) areas: Locating Information, Reading for Information, and Applied Mathematics.   Test questions are based on situations, materials, and activities that working people encounter every day.   Successful completion of ACT WorkKeys assessments can lead to earning ACT’s National Career Readiness Certificate (ACT NCRC), a portable credential that demonstrates achievement and a certain level of workplace employability skills in the above mentioned areas.    


Phonological Awareness of Literacy Screening (PALS)   (Grades 4K-2)

PALS was developed by the University of Virginia and was selected by the State of Wisconsin as the required literacy screening tool for grades 4K-2.   Elements of this tool assess phonemic awareness and letter sound knowledge of our youngest children. PALS was initially initiated in the 2012-13 school year for Kindergarten, then expanded to 4K and 1st grade in 2013-14.   In 2014-15 2nd grade was added in our state.                  

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