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Achievement District Test Coordinator Updates and Reminders
February 25, 2022
Please see below for important information for all Achievement District Test Coordinators, followed by test-specific updates and reminders for AASA, AzSCI, ACT, and ACT Aspire.

Remote Learning Software

It has been brought to our attention that some LEAs have added remote learning software to monitor students' computers and view the actual screen of a student or classroom. This software causes concern that impacts test security during the administration of statewide assessments.

Currently, TestNav will exit out if a student tries to access an application, browser, or program; however, remote learning software is not initiated by the student, but rather by a teacher/test administrator.

While we have brought this to the attention of our testing vendor and they are researching and investigating possible solutions, at this time, ADE is strongly recommending to any LEA that has this type of software loaded on their teachers'/test administrators' computers to disable this during actual testing. If it is not disabled and students' screens are accessed during the test, it may result in having any accessed student test to be invalidated.

Examples of remote learning software include LANSchool, Hapara, and Net-Ref, and there may be others.

It is important that you communicate with your technology specialist at your district/charter or school level. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with questions. If the software is launched or used during administration of any of the Statewide Assessments, this could result in individual and group test invalidations.
AASA Writing Stand-Alone Field Test (SAFT)

The Writing SAFT test window will close on March 4, 2022. Thank you to all schools that have completed testing! Over 411,000 students have tested so far!

You can use the report in PearsonAccessNext (PAN) called "Student Tests that have been Assigned but not yet Completed" to determine which students in your school(s) have not yet tested. You can access this report in PAN from Reports > Operational Reports.

Paper test materials should be returned to Pearson according to the following guidelines:
  • Paper-based testing schools - return paper test booklets as scorable materials; return any Special Paper Version (braille or large print) test booklets as nonscorable materials.
  • Computer-based testing schools - return Special Paper Version (braille, large print, or regular print) test booklets as nonscorable materials.
  • All scorable and nonscorable test booklets must be returned to Pearson no later than March 7, 2022.
  • Test Coordinator's Manuals and Test Administration Directions do not need to be returned to Pearson. These are not considered secure test materials and may be destroyed locally.
Student responses from Special Paper Version (SPV) tests must be key-entered into TestNav by the Test Administrator by the end of the test window, March 4, 2022, and before returning the SPV test booklets to Pearson.

If you have any questions about AASA, please contact us at
Students in grades 5, 8, and 11 (cohort 2023) have now been uploaded for AzSCI. Any newly enrolled students or students missed in ADE's upload may now be added.

Please note that hard copies of Test Coordinator's Manuals and Test Administration Directions will not be sent to districts or charters for AzSCI. These manuals are posted electronically on our website and in PearsonAccessNext. A limited number of copies will be available to order during the AzSCI Additional Order window, if needed. The Additional Order window opens on Monday, February 28, 2022.

For any approved Special Paper Version (SPV) tests, ADE will create the SPV test session, move the student into the SPV test session, and place an order for the SPV test booklets.

If you have any questions about AzSCI, please contact us at
For issues during ACT testing, please contact ACT at 319-337-1567. This is an Arizona-specific ACT number, and any technical issues or concerns that occur during testing will be prioritized. 

The ACT Test Window #1 paper test date is March 1, 2022. Online testing dates, for both standard testing and accommodations, in this test window are March 1-3 and 8-10. Please note the ACT online testing platform is not available for testing on Friday, March 4 or Monday, March 7.

Paper-based testing schools may administer online makeup tests, as needed, during the online testing dates in the window. For more information, please see the ACT document, Switching from Paper to Online Testing.

Any paper ACT test booklets you have received for testing on March 1 may not be used to test students on April 5. This would result in a misadministration.

Please see the ACT website for information about students completing MyACT. Resources are included under Step 4: Preparation, under the heading "Complete Non-Test Activities". Students may complete the non-test information in MyACT before testing and up to two days after students finish testing. This may be completed on a separate date from actual testing. Students who set up a MyACT account will have the opportunity to send their ACT scores to up to 4 colleges or scholarship agencies for free and will receive their test results 11-14 days faster than waiting for paper score reports.

If you need to add students to your rosters in PAN for ACT testing, you will need to submit a Support Request to ACT using the Enroll or Unenroll Students file. Complete this template, then in ACT's PAN site, go to Support > Support Requests, then create a request to make the change. ACT will use the template to import and format the student data for you.

If you have any questions about ACT, please contact us at
Reminder: Live Q&A chats with Aspire experts have been scheduled from February - May 2022. Please attend one of these sessions if you have questions about Aspire. Following each session, a recording will also be available on demand. You can register for any of the sessions here.

Please reference the Aspire Accessibility Supports Guide for information about Aspire accommodations, designated supports, and English learner supports. The test coordinator is responsible for documenting these supports on the Personal Needs Profile (PNP) and maintaining documentation securely on file for one year after testing.

Use the Aspire Personal Needs Profile (PNP) file to:
  • Assign accommodations for online testing
  • Create test sessions and assign students to sessions
  • Create testing groups/classes (optional) 
More information about the Aspire PNP file can be located under Step 3: Accommodation on the ACT-hosted Aspire webpage. 

If you have any questions about ACT Aspire, please contact us at

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