Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Science Assessments

The ACT Aspire Science test is given in the spring of each year to students in grades 3 through 10.  ACT Aspire focuses on science practices that encompass three domains: Interpretation of Data; Scientific Investigation; and Evaluation of Models, Inferences and Experimental Results.  The ACT Aspire Science tests use rich, real-world scientific scenarios.  For the upper grades, this includes student investigations, formal scientific research, data from references, and students or scientists providing competing explanations for real scientific phenomena.  At the lower levels, the items focus on everyday student investigation rather than formal science.  The content of the assessment covers biology (life science for the earlier grades), chemistry and physics (physical science at the earlier grades), and Earth/space science (e.g., geology, astronomy, and meteorology).  More information, including test blueprints, item types, and testing times, can be found at
To view presentations about the Assessment Overview, go to the main assessment page:

For more information, please contact:

Hope Worsham, Director of Student Assessment
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Learning Services
Four Capitol Mall, Room 301-B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-4558

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