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**Due to the school closures for COVID-19, DPI has determined that it will not be possible to give state assessments during the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. The state has also received a federal waiver for federal testing requirements for this year. This means that the ACT Aspire exam will not be given this year. For questions regarding MMSD, please email Tim Peterson, Director of Assessment at tpeterson2@madison.k12.wi.us

Below are links to provide you with more information about the ACT Aspire assessment and the results.

Understanding the ACT Aspire Results:

Understanding Aspire Results for families

  • Parent letter (Spring 2018 results)
  • Aspire Family Letter

    • English (pdf)
    • Español (pdf)
    • Hmong (pdf)

State Level Data:

Learn more about the Aspire test and how MMSD schools are doing at the following DPI website:

Wisconsin WISEDash System

Brief description of assessment:

Learn more about the ACT Aspire test in the following documents:

Aspire Information

Why Take Aspire Flyer in English  Why Take Aspire Flyer in Spanish
  • Why Take the Aspire? English (pdf)
  • Why Take the Aspire? Spanish (pdf)
ELL/SwD Supports:

Learn more about appropriate changes to support all learners:

Aspire Accessibility for ELL and SwD

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Aspire Accessibility

Discussion points:

Wondering what questions to ask in a meeting or conference? Here are some starting points:

Aspire Discussion Points

Using results to help your child:

You have received the most recent test results, so now what? How can you use them to help support your child? Below are some ideas:

  • For the English portion of the test
  • For the Reading portion of the test
  • For the Writing portion of the test
  • For the Math portion of the test
  • For the Science portion of the test
Assessment Administration: