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  • 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. The Arkansas State Board of Education has 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
    -Each student will be assessed in English, reading, math, science and writing
    -4 to 4 ½ hours total testing time per grade
    -Accessibility features available for all students
    -Accommodations available for qualifying students
    -Students in grades 9 and 10 will receive a predicted score for the ACTⓇ
    -Computer-based administration with hardship waivers available for paper/pencil administration
    -Schools set their own schedules within the following windows:
    -Computer-based administration: April 9-May 11