Aspire

Dear Parents,

    Students in grades 4th - 8th,  ACT Aspire assessment results from the Spring 2017 tests are available on your PowerSchool account. The attached information will give you instructions to download the results.  

     We are pleased with the results for the second year taking this assessment which is very rigorous and challenges the students. The assessment results provide us with a baseline on our current achievements and areas in need of improvement. ACT Aspire is designed to measure how well students are understanding topics, concepts and skills required to succeed under the Common Core standards and focus on identifying what students should know at the end of each grade level.

  Our 2016 - 2017 goal of improving the overall writing on the Aspire is moving in positive directions. On the writing assessment, more students and grade levels achieved the readiness level of ready   We will continue to improve our writing guidelines for all grade levels.  All grades,including primary, will be working to help prepare students for the rigor of the Aspire writing assessment. We are working on strategies in math and reading to improve our integration of knowledge in reading and written justification in math.  We will also once again take the ACT Interim practice tests three times this year and complete quizlets to help students prepare for the type of questions that will appear on Aspire in the Spring of 2018.  

   The 2015 -  2016 and 2016 - 2017 progress and readiness levels are outlined below. Our students are on target and showing growth at each grade and reaching the ready benchmark set by ACT.  The attached ACT readiness chart will provide you with information on the levels of readiness for each grade and subject.  

   We will continue to analyze the results to find ways to improve our current practices to ensure that St. Catherine Alexandria students are ready for their future educational endeavors.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Michelle Edwards





ACT ASPIRE 2016 - 2017


Current 4th Grade


English

Scale score

Math

Scale Score


Reading

Scale Score

Science

Scale Score

Writing

Scale Score

Spring 2017

3rd grade scores

420

Exceeding

417

Exceeding

417

Ready

420

Ready

426

Close




Current 5th Grade



English

Scale score

Math

Scale Score


Reading

Scale Score

Science

Scale Score

Writing

Scale Score

Spring 2016

3rd grade scores


420

Exceeding

415

Ready

416

Ready

419

Ready

427

Close

Spring 2017

4th grade scores

424

Exceeding

417

Ready

420

Ready

420

Ready

428

Ready



Current 6th Grade



English

Scale score

Math

Scale Score


Reading

Scale Score

Science

Scale Score

Writing

Scale Score

Spring 2016

4th grade scores

425

Exceeding

417

Ready

419

Ready

422

Ready

426

Close

Spring 2017

5th grade scores

429

Exceeding

419

Ready

422

Ready

425

Ready

428

Ready








Current 7th Graders



English

Scale score

Math

Scale Score


Reading

Scale Score

Science

Scale Score

Writing

Scale Score

Spring 2016

5th grade scores

427

Exceeding

418

Ready

421

Ready

424

Ready

425

Close

Spring 2017

6th grade scores

429

Exceeding

423

Ready

423

Ready

425

Ready

434

Ready



Current 8th Graders




English

Scale score

Math

Scale Score


Reading

Scale Score

Science

Scale Score

Writing

Scale Score

Spring 2016

6th grade scores

430

Exceeding

421

Ready

424

Ready

425

Ready

428

Ready

Spring 2017

7th grade scores

433

Exceeding

423

Ready

425

Ready

427

Ready

428

Ready





Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Michelle Edwards

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