During the 2015-2016 school year, the Archdiocese of Chicago is moving from the Terra Nova test to Aspire, a national, standardized assessment tool produced by the ACT. The ACT is the most widely administered college entrance exam in the state of Illinois and is required for admission to state universities. It is linked to ACT College Readiness Benchmarks and aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The test covers english, math, reading, science and writing and is designed for students in grades 3-8.
The Aspire test is administered across the Archiodiocese from April 11th-15th, with make-up testing and assessments with accommodations scheduled through April 22nd.
While standardized testing provides a good measure to compare children’s class work and report card grades, it is only one of many ways to determine a child’s abilities and educational needs.