11th grade students enrolled in an Arkansas public or charter school will be given the opportunity to take the ACT in the spring of 2017, at no cost to the student. Each public and charter school with grade 11 is expected to administer this assessment. However, parents or guardians may request that their student not participate in this grade 11 ACT test administration.
Schools should inform the parent/guardian of each student in grade 11 about this option using the school’s preferred manner of communication. The parents/guardians who object to this test administration must complete the attached Parent Refusal form and return it to the school. Only students with the signed refusal form on file at the school will be exempt from the spring 2017 school-day ACT administration. Schools must maintain the completed form on file at the school. Any student that does not have a signed form on file will be expected to test.
Students who have an IEP that indicates they will participate in the alternate assessment are not required to take the ACT in spring 2017. The IEP may serve in place of a signed refusal form for these students.
Schools will have the option of administering the ACT on paper or online. The ADE will provide ACT with a student data file by mid-December that must include the mode (paper or online) for each student. Schools should determine which mode will be administered to the majority of their students and inform the ADE via the survey by Friday, December 9 at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdbD8Fe7TvZ03a8zTELsB9p7_QbHs9UYRfmBQTG7hSZk-6khQ/viewform
Schools will have the ability to change the mode of test administration for individual students after the ACT portal is populated.
Parental Refusal Form:
2017 ACT Information Memo: