ACT Aspire

About ACT Aspire - The ACT Aspire is a system of aligned summative assessments used to assess students in grades 3-10 in the content areas of English, Math, Science and Reading. It also offers an assessment in Writing. The ACT Aspire results are reported on a 3-digit score scale as well as reporting an "ACT Readiness Benchmark" for English, Reading, Math and Science at each grade level to provide additional perspectives on student readiness. The ACT Aspire is a standards-based assessment linked to ACT College Readiness Benchmarks and is anchored by the capstone college readiness assessment, the ACT. Online delivery and traditional paper-and-pencil options are available.

The ACT Aspire at FRA - False River Academy first implemented the ACT Aspire at grade levels 8, 9 and 10 in April of 2015. As part of our long-term planning goals, the ACT Aspire is to be administered to the current grades, adding one additional grade per year, replacing the currently used ITBS (Iowa Test of Basic Skills).


About ITBS (Iowa Test of Basic Skills) - The Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) is a nationally standardized achievement test for K-12 students. Student scores are compared to other students' scores, both locally and nationally, in the areas of Reading, Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science. This test is used by a large number of private schools to measure grade- level performance. The version currently used at FRA is a paper-based version.

The ITBS at FRA - The Iowa Test of Basic Skills has been the primary method of standardized assessment at FRA for many years. As part of our long term planning goals, the ITBS will be phased out at one grade level per year and replaced by the ACT Aspire beginning in 2015.