Relating ACT Aspire Scores to Performance in High School Courses

The report examines the relationships of ACT Aspire test scores and high school course grades, AP test scores, and Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test scores, demonstrating criterion-related as well as convergent and discriminant validity evidence.

The report found that ACT Aspire test scores are strong predictors of success in standard, career-focused, AP, and dual enrollment courses. Moreover, ACT Aspire scores demonstrate expected convergent and divergent relations across grade levels and with other standardized measures of college and career readiness.

The results are similar across student subgroups and support five intended uses of ACT Aspire test scores:

  1. To measure progress toward meeting college and career readiness standards

  2. To determine if students are on target for college and career readiness

  3. To provide instructionally actionable information to educators

  4. To inform evaluation of school and program effectiveness

  5. To inform readiness for advanced high school coursework


Jeff Allen, PhD

Jeff Allen is a statistician and director in Validity and Efficacy Research. He specializes in longitudinal research of educational outcomes, student growth models, and validation of
college readiness measures.

Justine Radunzel, PhD

Justine Radunzel is a principal research scientist in Validity and Efficacy Research specializing in postsecondary outcomes research and validity evidence for the ACT test.

Jizhi Ling

Jizhi Ling is a former data analyst in Validity and Efficacy Research who worked on postsecondary outcomes research.