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ACT

On January 14, 2014, the State Board of Education approved the administration of the ACT Plus writing to all grade 11 students in Missouri public and charter schools, beginning in 2014-2015, with the exception of students who are eligible for the Missouri Assessment Program-Alternative (MAP-A) and English Language Learner (ELL) students who have been in the United States for less than 1 year.

Statewide administration of the ACT Plus Writing will occur on a single date, at the same time and under standardized administration conditions, for all grade 11 students in Missouri. A makeup date will be available for students not able to test on the designated statewide administration date unless a school decides to administer the ACT online. In addition, an extended window will be provided for students testing with approved accommodations.

Districts should plan to administer the ACT Plus Writing as the first activity of the day on the designated testing dates, (both the statewide administration date and the makeup date). Total testing time is 4 to 5 hours.

ACT Testing Staff

To prepare for statewide ACT Plus Writing administration, each district will need to designate testing staff to organize, oversee, and administer the assessments.  At a minimum, districts will identify a Test Supervisor, back-up Test Supervisor, Room Supervisor (one per testing room), Proctor(s) required in addition to the Room supervisor, one for every 25 students in the testing room, and a Test Accommodations Coordinator. For online testing a Technical Coordinator will also need to be trained. Testing staff must be identified by early October.

ACT Online Testing

Online testing will be available again this year. The Online testing window is April 19 - May 3, 2016. Examinees must take their entire battery of tests in the online format within the same day, but the entire school does not have to test on the same day. Tablets are not supported at this time. Additional training will be provided for Technical Coordinators whose district is testing online. ACT will provide pre-test instructions and scratch paper for online administration. Pre-test sessions will be completed online.


Enhancements for 2017

Self-serve model - Test Coordinators will be able to indicate student choices (paper/pencil or online), add new students, and monitor ordering better than in previous years.

Additional students may be added to testing at the local level - After the initial student data upload, Test Coordinators may add new students one at a time, if desired. 

Test Accommodations Updates

  • Expedited request process – decisions provided approximately 10 days sooner (on average) than previously
  • Test Coordinators need to submit a request for accommodations only once on behalf of a student , instead of a request per test administration
  • New procedures with TAA that will eliminate the need for unnecessary documentation.
  • Accommodations request deadline is moved as close to the test day as possible.  March 10, 2017.

Combined Shipments for Testing Materials – Combined shipment will put secure test materials into schools one week earlier, allow the local coordinator to count and evaluate quantities of materials and if needed, request additional materials sooner. 

Offsite Approval Process Removed – The submission of an approval form is no longer necessary. ACT will continue to expect that local school authorities select an offsite testing location that meets ACT’s guidelines, as outlined in the ACT Test Administration Manual and the Summary of Requirements document. 

Online Practice Test – All schools will have the ability to provide their students with access to an online ACT practice test. Students will receive a score report with raw scores upon completion of the online ACT practice test.

Important Dates

Dates Event
DUE March 10, 2017 Complete Accommodation Requests
April 3, 2017 to April 7, 2017
Materials Arrive In Schools
April 19, 2017 Statewide Paper Administration
April 19, 2017 to May 3, 2017
Statewide Online Administration
April 20, 2017 Pickup of ACT Tests
April 24, 2017 to April 28, 2017
Materials Arrive In Schools (Make-Up Date)
May 3, 2017 Statewide Paper Administration (Make-Up Date)
May 4, 2017 Pickup of ACT Accommodations and Online Materials
May 4, 2017 Pickup of ACT Materials (Make-Up Date)
Date Event
Beginning November 7, 2016 Accommodations and test administration materials and training videos are posted as they become available.
November 7 – December 16, 2016 Window to manage participation information in Pearson Access.
November 7, 2016 – March 10, 2017 Window for test coordinator to submit requests for ACT-approved accommodations in the Test Accessibility and Accommodations System (TAA).
December 7, 2016 Accommodations Q&A Session - 2:00-3:00 pm CST
November 7, 2016- March 16, 2017 ONLINE TESTING - Test and technical coordinators begin technical site readiness and install ProctorCache software for online testing.
December 19, 2016- March 16, 2017 Window for district/school to submit Student Data Upload update student screen via Pearson Access for initial ACT test materials
January 12, 2017 Test administration Q&A sessions:
  • Session 1 - 10:00 am CST
  • Session 2 – 4:00 pm CST
January 30 – May 3, 2017 ONLINE TESTING - Window for test coordinator to: Create test sessions and Assign students to test sessions
March 13 – April 14, 2017 Window to upload ACT – Approved Accommodations Late Consideration Form to TAA
March 17 – April 12, 2017 PAPER TESTING - Window to add additional students or update existing student information in Pearson Access for initial test date or online testing
March 17 – April 26, 2017 ONLINE TESTING - Window to add additional students or update existing student information in Pearson Access for initial test date or online testing
March 17, 2017 Deadline for test coordinator to submit reconsideration requests of ACT – approved accommodations in TAA.
April 3- 7, 2017 Test Coordinator received initial shipment(s) containing non-secure and secure standard time and accommodations materials.
April 3 – 18, 2017 Window for schools to: Conduct supervised pretest sessions for all examinees testing paper and Conduct room supervisor and proctor training
April 3 – May 8, 2017 ONLINE TESTING - Window for: Schools to share pretest information with all examinees testing online and Examinees testing online to complete pretest information
April 12, 2017 ONLINE TESTING - Deadline for technical coordinator to perform final system check/app check and lock down system
April 14 – May 3, 2017 ONLINE TESTING - Window for technical coordinator to pre-cache test content before test day.
April 19, 2017 PAPER TESTING - Initial test date
April 19-21, 2017 PAPER TESTING - Window for test coordinator to submit makeup order for standard time ACT materials.
April 19 – May 3, 2017

ACT online testing window

ACT accommodations testing window
April 20, 2017 Test Coordinator returns all initial test date materials via pre-scheduled pickup
April 24 – 26, 2017 Window to add additional students or update existing student information in Pearson Access for the makeup test date.
April 24 – 28, 2017 Test coordinator receives makeup shipment containing standard time materials for paper testing
April 24 – May 2, 2017

PAPER TESTING - Window for schools to conduct pretest sessions for the makeup test date.

April 28, 2017 Deadline for ACT to receive answer documents from schools for the initial test date. Late arriving documents will not be scored.
May 3, 2017 PAPER TESTING - Makeup test date
May 4, 2017 Test coordinator returns all accommodations and online test materials via the pre-scheduled pickup.
May 4, 2017 Test coordinator returns all makeup testing materials via the pre-scheduled pickup.
May 4 – 8, 2017 ONLINE TESTING - Window for technical coordinator to purge test content from ACT online testing.
May 12, 2017 Deadline for ACT to receive answer documents from schools for the accommodations test window. Late arriving documents will not be scored.
May 12, 2017 Deadline for ACT to receive answer documents from schools for the makeup test date. Late arriving documents will not be scored.
Beginning mid-May Beginning 3-8 weeks following receipt of examinee test responses: Students, schools and colleges begin to receive ACT Student Reports, High School Reports, and Student College Reports

ACT provides a variety of approved accommodations for students with Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and 504 plans.  Assessments administered using ACT approved accommodations will result in college reportable ACT scores.  Form D of a student’s IEP should reflect appropriate ACT-approved accommodations that allow the student access to test content.  Test Accommodations Coordinators will receive training from ACT in fall 2016 to assist them in navigating the accommodation approval process.

The following test accommodations are available for the ACT:

  • ACT-approved: These are determined by ACT in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities ACT (ADA) and the Diagnostic and Statistical manual of mental Disorders, 4th or 5th Edition.
  • Locally Approved:  These are determined by the TC following specific ACT policy.
  • State-Allowed Accommodations are not allowed, all scores are required to be college reportable.

Test Accommodations Updates

  • Expedited request process – decisions provided approximately 10 days sooner (on average) than previously
  • Test Coordinators need to submit a request for accommodations only once on behalf of a student , instead of a request per test administration
  • New procedures with TAA that will eliminate the need for unnecessary documentation.
  • Accommodations request deadline is moved as close to the test day as possible. March 10, 2017.

Comparison of Accommodations

Use the chart below to determine with option is appropriate for examinees. Note: Locally Approved Accommodations may be provided to an examinee testing with ACT-Approved Accommodations, or standard time as needed.

  ACT Approved Locally Approved
Are scores reportable to colleges? Yes, scores may be reported to colleges, scholarship agencies, or other entities. Yes, if provided with ACT-Approved Accommodations or standard time.
What options are available?

Extended time or additional breaks:

  • More than standard time
  • Up to 60 minutes of the Writing Test
  • Testing over multiple days
  • Additional or stop-the-clock breaks

Alternate formats or response modes:

  • Braille, large type, DVDs, or a reader
  • Scribe or computer on Writing Test or scribe to circle answers on multiple-choice is examinee is not able to circle answers

These options are available:

  • Wheelchair accessible room
  • Seating near the front of room
  • Irlen filters/color overlays
  • Individual or small group testing
  • Food, drink or access to medication, for examinees with medical needs
  • Written verbal instructions and visual notification of time
  • Sign language interpreter (not a relative, not for test items)
  • Examinee circling the answers in the test booklet (testing staff must transfer to answer document, see manual for details)
What are the eligibility requirements?

ACT-Approved Accommodations are available for examinees with:

  • Professional diagnosis
  • Current Individualized Education program (IEP), Section 504 Plan or official accommodations plan

Note: Examinees receiving services solely for limited English proficiency do not qualify for ACT-Approved Accommodations

Locally Approved Accommodations may be provided without consulting with ACT if all of the following apply:

  • Accommodations are consistent with the examinee’s accommodation plan at school
  • Accommodations do not disrupt testing  or provide an advantage to the examinee
  • No unauthorized breaks are provided (e.g., additional breaks or unauthorized stop-the-clock breaks)

Additionally, for standard time testing:

  • The examinee must use a regular type (10-point) test booklet.
  • Testing must be completed in one session using standard timing.
  • Testing must occur only on the initial or makeup test date.
Is ACT approval required? Yes.  Refer to the Requesting ACT-Approved Accommodations section below. No

Ordering Practice Materials

You may order alternative format practice materials at no charge at http://media.actstudent.org/documents/alt_practice.pdf

For private/ homeschooled students who will be testing at public schools, the private school should contact ACT at [email protected] with the following in the subject line: Accommodations for non-public school students. The non-public school students will need to have accommodations requests made on a paper/pencil form. 

 

2016-2017 ACT Administration

Q: Will students who took the ACT prior to grade 11 be required to participate in the statewide administration of ACT?
A: Yes. All grade 11 students enrolled in Missouri public schools must participate in the statewide ACT Plus Writing in order to provide complete data. Students may, however, continue to take the ACT outside of the statewide administration throughout their high school career.

Q: Will the statewide administration of ACT include writing?
A: Yes. Missouri has contracted for administration of the ACT Plus Writing.

Q: Will ACT compensate district-level testing staff for activities related to ACT training and administration?
A: No. ACT will not compensate district-level testing staff.

Q: Will students be able to have scores from the statewide administration of ACT sent to colleges/universities of their choice?
A: Yes. The ACT student answer document allows for students to add up to 4 organization codes that they would like their scores sent. This could be either a school, member of congress or scholarship opportunity. The student can request their scores be sent any time after testing to as many institutions they would like at a cost of $12/score, if done online. It is important to note that if a student provides a code on the Answer Folder for an institution, it is not possible to change that request after testing.

Q: Will the statewide ACT administration be acceptable to the NCAA?
A: Yes.

Q: How will students receive their individual student reports?
A: 3 to 8 weeks after testing, a score report will be mailed to the student’s home. One week following the receipt of the paper copy the student will be able to log online and review their schools.

Q: Will ACT provide district-level summary reports for the ACT statewide administration.
A: Yes. Districts will receive ACT Profile Reports for each high school, and the district, as well as a Student Data File that will include all college-reportable scores for all participating students.

Q: Will the statewide administration of ACT be online or paper/pencil?
A: In 2017, schools may choose either paper/pencil or online. All students in a school building do not have to take the test in the same form.

Q: What are the requirements for online ACT testing?
A: Please refer to the technical specifications at http://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act-educator/about-the-act/continuous-improvement/WhatsnextFAQ.html  for information on system requirements

Q: How will the ACT contribute to accountability determinations?
A:

  1. All grade 11 students who participate in the census administration will receive a valid ACT score and at least a 0.25 student weight in Standard 3*1-3 upon graduation.
  2. The 11th grade census ACT administration will produce two reportable items, a participation rate and an average composite score, that will appear on the APR Summary Data page and the District Report Card beginning with the 2015 reports.
  3. When calculating the participation rate, the group of total will be composed of all grade 11 students minus any MAP-Alternate students and any students who have resided within the United States for less than a year.
  4. The participation rate may be considered in the classification of Accredited with Distinction.

Q: Are accommodations available for students who have IEPs and or 504 plans?
A: ACT provides a variety of approved accommodations for students with IEPs and 504 plans. Assessments administered using ACT approved accommodations will result in college reportable ACT scores. Form D of a student’s IEP should reflect appropriate ACT-approved accommodations that will allow the student access to test content. Test Accommodations Coordinators will receive training from ACT in fall 2016 to assist them in navigating the accommodations approval process. Questions about accommodations should be directed to  ACT at 800-55301788 or by email at [email protected].