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 for the coming 2017 – 2018 school year. Please view each organization’s online information for in-depth product features.

Schools have until December 2017 to order ACT-Aspire Spring 2018 summative tests. MAP testing can be ordered and implemented at any time.


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

Supported Devices & Technical Requirements

Windows PC
Detailed Technical Requirements
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)

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 confirmed for next 3 years  (through 2019-2020 school year)

Testing Windows

Periodic Testing Window: Sep. 11, 2017 – June 2018
Summative Testing Window: April 2 – May 12, 2018

Detailed instructions for ordering online will be provided in June.


CLick Here for ACT-Aspire Representatives by State. 

WELS ACT-Aspire Advocates

Jamie Luehring
Principal, Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School

Al Nolte
Curriculum Director, Fox Valley Lutheran High School

Phil Punzel
Principal, St. Peter’s Appleton, WI

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


ACT-Aspire testing products can be purchased online here.

Check the box “Are you part of a group order?”
Enter WELS in the Group Owner Name

Check the box “Do you have a discount coupon code?”
Enter WELS17B in the box and click Add.

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

Supported Devices & Technical Requirements

Windows PC
Detailed Technical Requirements


Prices are per student, annually

MAP and MPG bundle
assessment package
(math, reading, language usage)
MAP Science $2.50
Spanish Math MAP add on to
MAP/MPG bundle
Spanish Math MAP stand alone $9.45
Skills Navigator
no minimum requirement
Online MAP Administration training
Required for new partner schools
$200 one time fee/ per school

Testing Windows

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

Skills Navigator: Can be utilized on an as needed basis

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


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

David Dodge
Principal, Garden Homes, Milwaukee, WI

Ben Washburn
Principal, Peace, Hartford, WI

NWEA – MAP – WELS Account Manager:
Patrick Dugan 
(503) 548-5012

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


New orders should contact NWEA – MAP – WELS Account Manager:
Patrick Dugan 
(503) 548-5012


Contact the Commission on Lutheran Schools office for more information.