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Thursday, July 11 • 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Utah Aspire Plus: Assessing Students' College Readiness

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The Utah Aspire Plus is a first-of-its-kind custom assessment measuring student knowledge, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills in reading, English, math and science. The assessment consists of both ACT Aspire and Utah teacher-written questions and is administered to 9th and 10th grade students. The Utah Aspire Plus provides parents, students, and educators with information about student academic proficiency, academic growth, and college and career readiness. This presentation will review the purpose of the assessment, the content areas and Utah Core Standards assessed, and information on how ‘college readiness’ is measured and reported on Utah Aspire Plus reports. We will also discuss ways educators can analyze and interpret data from Utah Aspire Plus and how the ACT assessment standards align with the Utah Core Standards. Suggestions on how classroom teachers can use Utah Aspire Plus assessment results to inform instructional practices will be shared.


Lisa McLachlan

Alternative Preparation and Licensing Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Lisa is a Utah native who has spent 16 years in Utah public schools as a teacher, administrator, instructional coach, professional development coordinator, researcher, and policy maker. For the last two years she has worked for the Utah State Board of Education as the Alternative... Read More →
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Rebecca Peterson, PhD

Education Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Rebecca Peterson is the Postsecondary Readiness Assessment Specialist at the Utah State Board of Education where she is engaged in the important work of furthering equitable opportunities for all students to develop the skills and knowledge necessary for success in life after high... Read More →

Thursday July 11, 2019 4:15pm - 5:15pm MDT
Room 186, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501