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ACT Explore and ACT Plan 2014-2015 Page 2 ACT Explore and ACT Plan Alerts for System and Building Test Coordinators General Alerts This document, ACT Explore and ACT Plan Alerts for System and Building Test Coordinators, provides reminders of unique characteristics of this assessment and areas that require special attention. Hereafter, this document will be referred to as Alerts . 1. Maggie Hicks at the State Department of Education (SDE) is your primary contact for the ACT Explore and ACT Plan assessments, including additional materials, special formats, and/or shipping at 334-242-8038. 2. The 2014 ACT Explore and ACT Plan will be administered October 15-22, 2014. 3. Students enrolled in Grade 8 will participate in the ACT Explore assessment. Students enrolled in Grade 10 will participate in the ACT Plan assessment. 4. The Building Test Coordinators, Principals, Monitors, Room Supervisors, and Proctors working with Grade 8 ACT Explore and/or Grade 10 ACT Plan must be familiar with the following documents: 2014-2015 ACT Explore Supervisor’s Manual (Grade 8). Hereafter, this document will be referred to as Supervisor’s Manual . 2014-2015 ACT Plan Supervisor’s Manual (Grade 10). Hereafter, this document will be referred to as Supervisor’s Manual . ACT Explore Training Handbook for Room Supervisor and Proctor or ACT Plan Training Handbook for Room Supervisor and Proctor. Hereafter, these documents will be referred to as Training Handbooks . ACT Explore and ACT Plan Alerts for System and Building Test Coordinators. 5. Pre-ID labels, packaged by school, will be shipped from ACT to the System Test Coordinator on October 3, 2014. 6. Test materials for each school will be shipped, packaged by school, directly to the System Test Coordinator from ACT. ACT will begin shipping test materials on October 3, 2014. 7. Special format (large-print, r eader’s script, audio DVD, and braille) test materials will be shipped at the same time as all other test materials. Due to the size of the booklet, braille will be sent in a separate package. 8. When school boxes are opened, System Test Coordinators will remove the Pack/Return Slip, traceable shipping labels and polymailers that will be used for returning answer folders to be scored. (Note: ACT will include extra shipping labels in each box of materials.) When Building Test Coordinators return materials, school envelopes will be placed inside polymailers for shipping. See Figure 1 on page 6 of Alerts for sample Pack Slips. 9. Building Test Coordinators will inventory all materials upon receipt from the System Test Coordinator and sign the Receipt and Return of Testing Materials (page 10 of Alerts).
Assessing each student’s individual knowledge and specific skills is critical to his or her academic success. ACT Aspire is an exciting new assessment system that will change the way these insights help students reach their full potential. Designed in the context of college and career readiness ACT Aspire will provide actionable information that educators can use to impact each child’s learning progression. ACT Aspire tells the story of each student’s growth and personal path from elementary grades through high school. This approach allows educators to address the student’s areas for improvement, build on their strengths, and most importantly — access their potential. ACT Aspire is linked to the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks through the creation of ACT college Readiness Benchmarks beginning in grade 3. ACT Aspire is offered in the following subject areas: English, math, reading, science, and writing for grades 3-8. For additional information regarding the ACT Aspire assessment visit www.discoveractaspire.org Understanding Your ACT Assessment Results Your ACT Aspire student score report contains a lot of information about your skills that can help answer three important questions about you and your future. Where do I stand right now? ACT Aspire shows your strengths and weaknesses in up to five subject areas: English, math, reading, science and writing. You can also find out how you are doing in com- bined subject areas such as English Language Arts (ELA) and science and math (STEM). Your report also shows how you performed in specific skill areas within each sub- ject. Finally, you can see how your scores compare to those of other students who have taken ACT Aspire. How can I make goals for the future? The scores you achieved on the ACT Aspire test(s) can help you decide what to do next. Looking at particular areas of strength and weakness can help you determine where you need help and where you may need to be challenged. This information can help you plan coursework and set goals. Am I 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. Your ACT Aspire score report references ACT Readiness Benchmarks, ACT Readiness Ranges, and, if you are in 8th grade or above, a Progress Toward Career Readiness indicator. What is ACT Aspire?