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ACT Aspire College and Career Readiness System Launches

Assessments administered in over 250 K-12 School Districts

CORALVILLE, Iowa, April 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The first administration of the new ACT Aspire College and Career Readiness system took place this week in 33 states. The assessments provide educators and parents with student achievement data based on the ACT College and Career Readiness Standards ("CCRS") from grade 3 to H.S.

ACT Aspire is the first digital, longitudinal assessment system to fully connect student academic performance from elementary through high school, and to the ACT exam. Measurement against the CCRS and ACT College and Career Benchmarks will be able to accurately predict individual student trajectory toward achievement in reading, math, English, language arts, writing and science.

Approximately 66,000 students in grade 3 through 10 commenced testing using the ACT Aspire system yesterday. Although districts have the option of using paper and pencil or computer-based ACT Aspire assessments, the majority of students testing this week engaged with the computer-based version of ACT Aspire.

"Our program is a connected, longitudinal progression from grade 3 through early high school that anchors with the ACT exam. And, our program will be predictive as student data is measured over time," explains Kevin Howell, CEO ACT Aspire. "Using decades of research gained from the administration of the ACT, ACT Aspire identifies where a student stands at the time of testing, and suggests a predictive trajectory of how that student is likely to progress across the grades. Our adopters know that such a capability is absolutely essential for crafting effective instructional programs for students."

The ACT Aspire College and Career Readiness System provides educators, parents and students with easy-to-understand information to know the learners' strengths and weaknesses towards meeting their goal of college and career readiness. ACT Aspire helps ready each student for the fullest measure of college and career success.

About ACT Aspire, LLC

ACT Aspire, LLC, located in Coralville, IA, is a joint venture between ACT, Inc. and Pearson, Inc. ACT Aspire, provides the first evidence-based, research-driven college and career readiness system on the market. The ACT Aspire College and Career Readiness System combines the expertise of its founding companies to create the only assessment program that is based on empirical research.

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