Arkansas Department of Education ACT Aspire Spring 2018 Results

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The spring 2018 ACT Aspire scores will be available electronically to school and district personnel by July 1.  The reports may be accessed through the ACT Aspire portal.  Users with Administrator, Test Coordinator, Educator, and Report roles are able to access the summative reports using the same login information used throughout the year.  Access to the available reports will depend upon the role assigned in the portal.


When available, aggregate state, district, and school results will be posted on the Arkansas Department of Education website and may be accessed from the “Test Results and Resources” button at


Information about accessing the reports online can be found on Avocet at:


ACT has implemented two changes to the 2017-2018 reports that educators should make note of as they analyze their results:

  1. ACT Aspire will no longer report a writing scale score - for more information see

  2. ELA and STEM benchmarks have been updated

Educators should expect to see some changes in ELA and STEM percent ready due to a change in the ELA and STEM cut scores.   Prior to Fall 2017 reporting, ACT set new ACT Aspire readiness benchmarks for the combined ELA score (English, Reading and Writing) and combined STEM score (Science and Math).   Because ACT Aspire scores are predictive of performance on the ACT, the ELA and STEM cut scores were updated to more accurately reflect the increased performance expectations of the ACT and college readiness.  There were no changes in the benchmarks for individual subject areas English, Reading, Science and Mathematics.  The 2018 ACT Aspire ELA and STEM scores cannot accurately be compared to those for previous years because of the change in this year’s cut scores.   The ADE recommends comparing average scale scores across years rather than percent ready when analyzing the data.  


Please refer to the following two documents for more information on  this update.

The following reporting resources may be found on Avocet.   

Interpretive Guide for ACT Summative Reports

Understanding your ACT Aspire Summative Reports

Understanding your ACT Aspire Summative Reports - Spanish

Aspire Summative Reports Guide


The shipment with paper copies of the Individual Student Reports to be sent home will arrive in districts the week of August 6.


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