Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education Assessment in Grades 1-2 and ACT Aspire Testing Times

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Grades 1-2 Assessment

On Friday, September 23, the Arkansas Legislative Review approved the paper version of the Iowa assessment for grades 1 and 2 to be administered during the spring of 2017.  As was previously communicated by the Office of Student Assessment, an online interim Intent for Bid (IFB) was sent to vendors to seek a replacement assessment.  However, due to unforeseen circumstances, the Office of Procurement canceled the IFB.  In response to this decision, the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) requested to use the same form of the Iowa assessment that was administered last year for consistency in regards to administration and test data.     


The Iowa testing window for the spring of 2017 will be April 3-April 14

Additional information regarding shipment dates and test administration training will be forthcoming.    


The ADE is currently developing a request for proposal for a K-2 online interim assessment system for next school year


ACT Aspire Testing Times

The ADE is pleased to announce that, due to numerous conversations with ACT, the writing times for the ACT Aspire assessment have been increased.  Students in grades 3-5 will be allowed 45 minutes for the writing assessment, an increase of 15 minutes; and students in grades 6-10 will be allowed 40 minutes for the writing assessment, an increase of 10 minutes. These changes go into effect across the nation for the spring 2016-2017 administration of the ACT Aspire.  A chart of the 2016-2017 assessment times is attached.

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