Standardized Student Testing Information

WELS has signed cooperative purchase agreements with NWEA MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) and ACT-Aspire. Signing with two vendors allows schools to determine the platform that will best serve their assessment and learning goal needs.

We have put together this brief overview of both systems to aid you in making testing arrangements. Please view each organization’s online information for in-depth product features.

Changes to the ACT-Aspire product are happening in the 2021-22 school year visit their website for more information:

ACT-Aspire is a summative test (Spring) available in paper or electronic form. It also offers periodic tests in the electronic form which can be used throughout the year.

  • Vertically articulated, standards-based system of summative, periodic, and classroom assessments
  • Anchored by the capstone college readiness assessment, the ACT
  • Multiple question types: constructed response, selected response, and technology-enhanced
  • Subject areas: English, math, reading, science, and writing for grades 3–8 and early high school (9–10)
  • Modular administration of subjects and grades available
  • Online delivery of assessments with traditional paper-and-pencil option

In addition to subject scores, there are reporting categories based on the ACT College and Career Readiness Standards and aligned to the other sets of college and career readiness standards.

ACT Aspire Summative subject areas: English, Reading, Science, Math and Writing.
Grades: 3-10

ACT Aspire Periodic subject areas: English, Reading, Science, Math (no writing).
Grades: 3-10

Windows PC
Paper version of Summative  test available see pricing below

Prices are per student, annually

ACT Aspire Comprehensive

computer-based testing

57 assessments for grades 3-8
(1 computer-based Summative and 56 computer-based Periodic assessments)

17 assessments for grades 9-10 (1 computer-based Summative and 16 computer-based Periodic assessments)

$36  (Paper Summative)

$30 (Online Summative)

ACT Aspire Summative only
paper-based testing
ACT Aspire Summative only
ACT Aspire Periodic only
(not bundled with Summative)
Setup & tech support No additional fee
Click here for a comparison of
Summative and Periodic Tests
* ACT Aspire pricing agreement for 2020-2021 school year

ACT Aspire Learn More & Get Started

WELS ACT-Aspire Advocates

Jamie Luehring
Principal, Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School

Al Nolte
Curriculum Director, Fox Valley Lutheran High School

For technical or product usage support, contact
Monday – Friday
6:00 am – 7:30 pm (CT)

ACT-Aspire ordering documentation.

ACT-Aspire testing products can be purchased online here.

If you are a returning customer you were sent a personalized enrollment link. If you can not find the link contact Aspire Customer Care team at 800-730-0400 to have the link resent.

In the group code box enter WELS21.

In the State/Contract Code: select “WELS” instead of your individual state.

District & School Code: Use the same code information as is currently listed in PearsonAccessNext. To find that information, log in to PearsonAccessNext ( and find the school name and code in the upper right corner (image below). The first set of characters is always WELS, the second set is the district code, the third set is the school code (IE: WELS-DISTRICT-SCHOOL).

This will make sure that you receive our group pricing rates on your order.

NWEA MAP is a formative electronic test designed to be used 3-4 times throughout the year.

Adaptive & Personalized assessment experience. If a student answers a question correctly, the test follows up with a more challenging question. If a student answers incorrectly, the test follows up with an easier question. By adjusting the difficulty of items up or down, MAP precisely measures every student’s achievement as well as growth over time.

Real-time, actionable data. After the test, you’ll have assessment data—and essential information about what each of your students knows and is ready to learn—within 24 hours.

Short testing times, substantial rewards. Educators around the globe trust research-based MAP and its interactive Learning Continuum to deliver instructional insights that help inform individual student learning paths, classroom instruction, and programmatic decisions.

Reading, language usage, science and mathematics (includes Spanish-language version of MAP Mathematics), grades K-12

Windows PC
Detailed Technical Requirements

Prices are per student, annually

MAP Growth  K-12  assessment package (math, reading, language usage) $12.50
MAP Growth Science add-on $2.50
Spanish Math MAP Growth add-on $2.50
Spanish Math MAP stand alone $9.45
MAP Skills
no minimum requirement
MAP Reading Fluency Add On (Map Growth K-2) $5.00
Online MAP Administration training/professional development package.
Required for new partner schools
$1,500 one time fee/ per school

MAP Testing Window: 3-4 times per year
(typically Fall, Winter, Spring, & Summer)

MAP Skills: Can be utilized on an as needed basis

MAP Testing Orders: Should be placed at least 6 weeks before first test.

NWEA – MAP – WELS Account Manager

For schools currently using NWEA tools who need account support or support using data/reports, contact the Account Management team.
NWEA Specialty Accounts
(844) 469-1212

For technical or product usage support, contact the
Partner Support team
(877) 469-3287

Michael Koestler
Principal, Shoreland Lutheran High School, Somers, WI

David Dodge
Principal, Garden Homes, Milwaukee, WI

Ben Washburn
Principal, Peace, Hartford, WI

New orders should contact NWEA –


Contact the Commission on Lutheran Schools office for more information.

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