Alabama’s ACT Aspire test is significantly different from the state’s previous test for grades 3-8, the Alabama Reading and Math Test (ARMT).
The ACT Aspire was designed to find out how students are progressing on the path toward college and career readiness, and to help teachers identify students who need additional help to get on the right track before it becomes too late.
Aspire requires students to think critically, show their work, and explain their answers through short essays and other methods. This will better measure whether students are progressing towards the goal of preparing all students for college and a career.
Since Alabama’s ACT Aspire test is more demanding of students, there is a good chance that results in the first years may be lower than what parents are used to seeing. However, the data will provide teachers with a better benchmark for where students need more focus.
Parents will receive more accurate feedback about how prepared their child is for college or a career after graduation.
The Aspire aligns with the ACT exam that all 11th graders in Alabama take for free as a college entrance exam.
The Aspire predicts future success on the ACT through a series of benchmarks at each grade level. If your child meets the benchmark each year, he/she is on track to be college and career ready.
Click here for a video with information regarding the interpretation of the Aspire report.