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ACT College and Career Readiness System

The Hawaii Department of Education will administer the ACT College and Career Readiness System on a statewide basis beginning School Year 2012-13 that consists of the following assessments:

1. EXPLORE for all grade 8 and 9 students;
2. PLAN for all grade 10 students; and
3. ACT Plus Writing for all grade 11 students.

The ACT College and Career Readiness System will provide all secondary schools with a longitudinal metric aligned to the Common Core State Standards and College Readiness Standards to monitor and measure student progress toward and readiness for post-secondary plans.

All of the assessments (EXPLORE, PLAN, and ACT Plus Writing) will be administered via paper and pencil and scored by ACT. Students are to provide their own personal calculators for any of the assessments as calculators are not required for the mathematics sections. Additional information including eligibility requirements and ordering of materials relating to State and ACT- approved test accommodations will be provided under a separate memo.

EXPLORE for all students in grades 8 and 9

EXPLORE will help students in grades 8 and 9 to consider future educational and career plans based on their own skills, interests, and aspirations. Counselors and teachers will be able to effectively guide students and to advise them on the best course of study based on data.

All four EXPLORE tests must be administered in one session, consistent with the administration model used in the national norming study. The total administration time is approximately three hours. The Department recommends that the student information sections are completed on a day prior to the tests to shorten the test day administration time. The tests should be administered in the order presented in the test booklet (English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science), allowing exactly 30 minutes for each test.

Total for student information sections: 40 - 50 minutes

Tests:

  • English (40 questions) 30 minutes
  • Mathematics (30 questions) 30 minutes
  • Optional Break 5-10 minutes
  • Reading (30 questions) 30 minutes
  • Science (28 questions) 30 minutes
  • General Administration 10 minutes
  • Total for test section 140 minutes

Consistent with the curriculum standards established by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the EXPLORE Mathematics Test was designed to be completed with the aid of a calculator. Students should have calculators available for this test. Calculators should have the four basic functions (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division), plus a square root function. Calculators may not be used on any other test.

EXPLORE Testing Window: April 23 - May 7, 2013 (Testing must be completed in one day)

PLAN for all students in grade 10

PLAN will help all students in grade 10 by showing their relative strengths and weaknesses in four subject areas important for success in college: English, math, reading, and science. Students will answer questions about the courses they are taking or plan to take in high school, their career interests, and plans after high school. This information will help students to see if they need to change educational plans in order to meet their goals.

The PLAN scores may be used to predict how students are likely to do if they take the ACT as an eleventh grader. Students may learn that adjusting their study habits or taking more challenging courses may help them improve upon their estimated ACT scores.

The PLAN tests must be administered in one session, consistent with the administration model used in the national norming study. Total administration time is expected to be approximately 3 hours. The Department recommends that the student information sections should be completed on a day prior to the tests to shorten the test day administration time.

Total for student information sections 60 - 75 minutes

Tests:
  • English (50 questions) 30 minutes
  • Mathematics (40 questions) 40 minutes
  • Optional Break 5-10 minutes
  • Reading (25 questions) 20 minutes
  • Science (30 questions) 25 minutes
  • General Administration 15 minutes
  • Total for test session 140 minutes

Calculators are allowed on the PLAN Mathematics Test. However, students are not required to use a calculator. All problems can be solved without a calculator. Students may use any four-function, scientific, or graphing calculator, unless it has features described in the Prohibited list (the PLAN Supervisor’s Manual will include the details). Calculators may not be used on any other test.

PLAN Testing Window: April 23 – May 7, 2013 (Testing must be completed in one day)

ACT Plus Writing for all students in grade 11

The ACT is a curriculum-based examination that can provide helpful information for all students, not just those who are planning to attend college. Taking the ACT can give every student a measure of his or her academic strengths and weaknesses. Students may use their results to recognize their academic strengths and areas where they need to improve, whether they intend to go to college or enter the workplace after high school.

Administration of the tests must be the first activity of the morning. The room supervisors must begin reading the Verbal Instructions by 9:00 AM in all rooms and follow the exact order as noted in the ACT Supervisor’s Manual. The tests must be administered in the order for all students in all rooms. If this order is altered, the answer documents will not be scored.

Basic identifying information and mailing address are required for all students. Students should complete the High School Course/Grade Information, Student Profile Section, and Interest Inventory. If students have not completed any of these sections before the initial test date, they are not permitted to test on April 23. Instead, students must be scheduled for makeup testing and arrangements must be made for them to complete the non-test portions before the makeup test date.

Total for student information 45 – 60 minutes

ACT Plus Writing:
  • Test 1 (English) 45 minutes
  • Test 2 (Math) 60 minutes
  • Break 15 minutes
  • Test 3 (Reading) 35 minutes
  • Test 4 (Science) 35 minutes
  • Break 5 minutes
  • Writing Test (1 prompt) 30 minutes
  • Total for test session 225 minutes

The Department and ACT will be hosting test administration webcasts in December 2012 and Question and Answer sessions in January 2013 to provide more information to schools.

ACT Plus Writing Test Date: April 23, 2013 (Testing must be completed in one day)

Make up test date: May 7, 2013 (Testing must be completed in one day)

Accommodation Testing Window: April 23, 2013 - May 7, 2013 (Students testing with accommodations may test anytime during the window; Testing must be completed in one day)


Accommodations for the Grades 8 and 9 Explore Test and the Grade 10 Plan Test

Students who typically take tests with accommodations may be receive accommodations on the EXPLORE or PLAN test provided the student is IDEA-eligible and Section 504. The students identified to test with accommodations for the EXPLORE and PLAN tests are done at the discretion of the appropriate personnel at each school. Accommodations used by students will not be reviewed and approved by the Department’s Student Assessment Section or the mainland staff who coordinate the development and administration of the Explore and Plan Tests.
As you know, the EXPLORE and PLAN tests will be administered via paper and pencil. The DOE will submit an order to ACT for all materials needed by schools (which include standard materials and accommodation materials).

If a school needs any of the following accommodation materials, they will need to fill out the attached document titled EXPLORE & PLAN Accommodations Order Form and fax it to Student Assessment Section (SAS) 808/733-4483.
  • An Audio CD version of the test
  • A Braille version of the test
  • A Reader Script for use by a reader to read to a student individually in a separate room.
  • A Large Print Test Packet (18 point font for PLAN and 19 point for EXPLORE)


The following types of accommodations are allowed in addition to those listed above but no additional materials will need to be ordered:
  • A Scribe to record student responses on answer sheet (must be in a separate room)
  • Additional breaks with standard time (must test in a separate room)
  • Separate test sessions
  • Testing over multiple days
  • Extended time to complete each test
  • A sign language interpreter to sign instructions, test items and response choices (must use Reader’s Script test individually in a separate room)

* Having a student use an audio CD or a reader for all of the reading passages and test items is allowed for the EXPLORE AND PLAN Reading tests at the discretion of the appropriate school personnel. However, the text-to-speech accommodation for the Online Hawaii State Reading Assessment cannot be used by an identified student until a school submits a Verification of Student Need form to the Department’s Student Assessment Section that has been signed by the principal and teachers who provide services for the student for review and approval or disapproval. Therefore only students who have approval to use the text-to-speech accommodation for the Online Hawaii State Assessments should be permitted to test with an audio CD.

Important Order Information for Four of the Ten Explore and Plan Test Accommodations

The Testing Coordinator at each school needs to ask the Special Education Department staff to check each IDEA-eligible and Section 504 student’s plan to determine whether he or she needs to use one or more of the following accommodations so the Student Assessment Section can order the appropriate quantity of materials for each school.

1. Audio CD
2. Braille test booklet
3. Large print package
4. Reader’s script that must be read verbatim with no explanation and no additional information provided to the student.

Complete the attached order form if any of the identified students have documentation in their plans for any of the four accommodations which require the DOE to order special accommodation materials. Return the completed order form to the Student Assessment Section no later than Monday, January 28, 2013. The accommodations materials will be shipped to your school during the week of April 8 – 12, 2013 along with the other test materials.

EXPLORE & PLAN Accommodations Order Form.pdf

More detailed information about the accommodations is provided in the separate Supervisor’s Manuals for the Explore test and the Plan test. You can access these manuals at the Hawaii State Testing Website www.act.org/aap/hawaii.

For questions regarding the grades 8 and 9 EXPLORE test and the grade 10 Plan test, please contact ACT Customer Service

(877) 789-2925
customerservices@act.org
Hours: Monday-Friday 4:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. HST (excluding ACT holidays)
Extended customer service hours beginning Monday, April 8 through Friday, May 10 until 4:00 p.m. HST


Accommodations for the Grade 11 ACT Test

The following accommodations may be requested for IDEA-eligible and Section 504 students by completing and mailing the Application for ACT-Approved Test Accommodations Form posted to the Hawaii State Testing website (go to www.act.org/aap/hawaii click on ACT located on the right hand side of the page, then scroll down and click on the Accommodations heading, document is titled Accommodations Procedure, Application Header, Application for ACT Approved ) along with supporting IEP or 504 plan documentation to ACT by January 25, 2013. The late application deadline is April 3, 2013 and requires the late consideration form, there are four reasons a student’s application maybe submitted late 1) New to School or Newly Classified Grade 11, 2) Newly Identified Disability, 3) Transfer Student, or 4) Medical Emergencies or Sudden Medical Onset..

There are three types of accommodations for students testing the ACT test witch come in various formats (extended time, reader script, braille, audio DVD…):

1. ACT Approved Accommodations
2. State Allowed Accommodations
3. Locally Approved Accommodations

To receive ACT Approved Accommodations an application along with documentation must be submitted for review to ACT Staff on the mainland. If approved, scores earned with this type of accommodation are college reportable.

To receive State Allowed Accommodations no application or documentation needs to be submitted to ACT Staff for review. Place your order at http://www.act.org/aap/state/saorder.html (also found at the Hawaii State Testing Website www.act.org/aap/hawaii click on ACT located on the right hand side of the page, then scroll down and click on the Accommodations heading, link titled Online Ordering For State Allowed Accommodations). Scores earned with this type of accommodation are NOT college reportable. Scores will be reported to the student, high school, and state department. If a student is testing with this type of accommodation parents and students should be notified that their score cannot be reported or sent to colleges or scholarship agencies.

Locally Approved Accommodations consist of any kind of accommodation that is provided with standard time and under standard testing conditions. For example: a seat in front of the room, small group setting, and marking answers in the book (staff transfers answer to answer document after the test). Scores earned with this type of accommodation are college reportable. No application or documentation needs to be submitted to ACT Staff for review however on test day you will be required to fill out an irregularity report for all locally approved accommodations. The report form is found in the back of the supervisors manual.

If you have a question as to what kind of accommodation can be provided to a student please contact the ACT Accommodations staff (contact information provided below). If a student does not require accommodations they will be testing with standard time under standard testing conditions.

For questions regarding the grade 11 ACT test, please contact ACT State Testing

General Inquiries

(800) 553-6244, ext. 2800
For inquiries contact us.
Customer service hours: Monday-Friday 3:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. HST (excluding ACT holidays)
Extended customer service hours beginning Monday, April 15 through Friday, May 17 until 4:00 p.m. HST

Accommodations Questions

(800) 553-6244, ext. 1788
ACTStateAccoms@act.org
Customer service hours: Monday-Friday 3:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. HST (excluding ACT holidays)
Extended customer service hours beginning Monday, April 15 through Friday, May 17 until 4:00 p.m. HST

Resources

  • Calculators may be used on the Mathematics Test (Test 2) but not on any of the other tests. The use of a calculator is optional as all problems on the Mathematics Test can be solved without a calculator. A list of approved calculators can be found at http://www.actstudent.org/faq/calculator.html.

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Contact Us

email: hsa@notes.k12.hi.us

U.S. Mail:
State of Hawaii Department of Education
Student Assessment Section
641 18th Avenue #V102
Honolulu, HI 96816

Telephone: (808) 733-4100
Monday through Friday, 7:45 AM - 4:30 PM HST

Fax: (808) 733-4483

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