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Understand the ACT Aspire Results

This information came directly from the ACT Aspire documents on interpreting student scores. http://actaspire.avocet.pearson.com/actaspire/home#5622
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Understand the ACT Aspire Results
The ACT Aspire student score report contains a lot of information about your child's skills that can help answer three important questions about your child and his/her academic future.
1. Where does your child stand right now?

ACT Aspire shows strengths and weaknesses in up to five subject areas:
English, Math, Reading, Science, and Writing.

You can also see how your child is doing in combined subject areas such as English Language Arts (ELA) and Science and Math (STEM).

The report also shows how your child performed in specific skill areas within each subject.
Finally, you can see how your child's scores compare to those of other students who have taken ACT Aspire.
Scaled Scores for Each Subject
For each subject your child took, you will see a three-digit score. ACT Aspire takes the number of points each child got correct on each test and translates it into a number.

The score for each subject will fall into one of three levels: Ready, Close, or In Need of
Support.

The level that the score falls into indicates how your child did in meeting certain standards
or “benchmarks.”
Understanding the Progress Report
Benchmark Scores
2. How can your child make goals for the future?

Looking at particular areas of strength and weakness can help your child determine where he/she needs help and where he/she may need to be challenged. This information can help you and your child plan coursework and set goals for future classes.
The ACT Aspire student score report contains a lot of information about your child's skills that can help answer three important questions about your child and his/her academic future.
The ACT Aspire student score report contains a lot of information about your child's skills that can help answer three important questions about your child and his/her academic future.
3. Is your child on target for high school, college, and a career?
For most students, reaching their goals includes getting a high school and college education.

Preparing for college or workplace training means having access to quality
instruction and putting forth your best effort.

The ACT Aspire score report references ACT Readiness Benchmarks, ACT Readiness Ranges, and, if your child is in 8th grade or above, a Progress Toward Career Readiness indicator.
Predicted Path: This predicts the path your child may follow with subsequent assessments.
National Average: This is the Scaled Score for our Nation's Average on this subtest.

Scaled Score: This is the scaled score your child
earned on this subtest.

Scoring Categories: These are the scoring categories for this subtest. They are ordered from the student's strengths to the weaknesses.
Recommendations: These are recommendations to help improve the student's weakest areas.
Understanding the Supplemental Scores
There are several supplemental scores, in addition to subject and skill scores, that your child received based on the combination of subjects and/or the grade level at which he/she tested. The following supplemental scores are available for all grade levels:

• ELA combined score, which averages your English, Reading, and Writing test scores

• STEM combined score, which averages your Science and Mathematics test scores

• Progress with Text Complexity indicator, which identifies whether you are making sufficient progress toward reading the complex texts you will encounter as you further your education and work toward college and career
Understanding the Supplemental Scores
National Percentile Rank: A national percentile rank shows the percentage of other students in the nation who received a score equal to or lower than the student’s displayed score for the grade and subject tested.
English Language Arts (ELA) Score: An ELA score is calculated by taking the average of the three scale scores achieved in Reading, Writing, and English. The ELA score represents the overall performance on these assessments relative to the ACT Readiness Range.
STEM Score: A STEM score is calculated by taking the average of the two scale scores achieved in those subjects. The STEM score represents the overall performance in these subjects relative to the ACT Readiness Range. At grades 9 and 10, the measure is accompanied by additional text that challenges students to take advanced coursework in science and math to prepare them for STEM career opportunities.

Text Complexity Score: Text Complexity indicator is shown for students who take the Reading test. This is an indication of how well students are able to demonstrate understanding of the central meaning and purposes of increasingly complex texts. Student performance on the text complexity progress measure is compared to a
readiness level empirically derived from the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks.
Questions?
www.discoveractaspire.org
Previous Year's
Score
Progress Toward Career Readiness: Students who receive scale scores on English, Reading, Mathematics, and Sciences tests taken in grades 8, 9, or 10 are given a Progress toward Career Readiness indicator. The Progress toward Career Readiness indicator links the student’s ACT Aspire Composite score (given on the report) with predicted performance toward an ACT NCRC. The report indicates visually whether a student is making progress toward a Bronze, Silver, or Gold level ACT NCRC.
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