ACT Aspire and The ACTGo to website


The Department will implement a mandatory college admissions exam in SY 2018-19 for all students enrolled in grade 11 who have not been administered the test in a prior year (i.e., students repeating grade 11 who have taken the test in a previous year are not required to be administered the assessment).

Schools have the option of administering the exam on the statewide administration date, Wednesday, February 20, 2019, in either a paper/pencil or online mode. Schools administering online may administer the exam on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during the testing window.

ACT College and Career Readiness Assessments Administration 


Content Area



Testing Window






(Tu, W, TH only)




Administration Date:

Make Up Testing Date:

*Subject to change  

ACT Aspire

Beginning in SY 2017-18, the ACT Aspire assessments are no longer being offered as part of the HSAP or Hawaii’s statewide contract with ACT.  Schools that wish to continue administering these assessments on their own may contact the ACT Aspire Customer Service line at (888) 802-7502.

ACT Aspire General Inquiries Customer Service

(888) 802-7502
Customer service hours:  Monday – Friday:   2:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. HST

The ACT General Inquiries Customer Service

(800) 553-6244 ext. 2800
Contact Us
Customer service hours:  Monday – Friday:   3:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. HST

The ACT Accommodations Customer Service

(800) 553-6244 ext. 1788
Customer service hours:  Monday – Friday:   3:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. HST

Hawai’i ACT State Testing Site for ACT Aspire and The ACT Assessments Go to website

Hawai’i DOE Intranet webpage for the ACT Aspire and The ACT Assessments Go to Website

The Hawai‘i Department of Education’s internal Intranet website contains archived information for the 2012-13 and 2014-15 administrations of the ACT Explore, ACT Plan, and ACT Plus Writing Assessments, and the 2015-16 administration of the ACT Aspire and The ACT Assessments.

Kaiapuni Assessment of Educational Outcomes (KĀʻEO)Go to website

The University of Hawai’i Mānoa and Ka Papahana Loiloi Kaiapuni of the Office of Hawaiian Education developed and administer the Kaiapuni Assessment of Educational Outcomes (KĀʻEO) in Language Arts, Mathematics and Science in the Hawaiian language. The language arts and mathematics assessments are administered to grades 3 and 4 students in the Hawaiian Language Immersion Program Go to website. The science assessment is administered to grade 4 students in the program. The KĀʻEO assessments in Language Arts and Mathematics for grades 5-8 and the Science assessment for grade 8 will be field tested in the spring of 2018. All students in grades 5-8 are expected to participate in each field test. All three assessments (Hawaiian Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science) will be administered at the same time, during the same testing window.

Recent Announcements

As stated in the March 23, 2018 DOE memo, the Department of Education will not be offering courtesy testing utilizing the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) in English for Kaiapuni students. Currently, KĀʻEO is the Department's only method to provide kaiapuni student assessment data for federal accountability purposes. The Kaiapuni program is designed with the intent that "assessments conceptualized and developed with the English language as their focus are inappropriate and invalid methods of assessment for Kaiapuni students. Student achievement is directly connected to the medium of instruction" (The Foundational & Administrative Framework for Kaiapuni Education, 2015). All Kaiapuni students in Grades 3-8 will be assessed using the KĀʻEO assessment to meet requirements for federal accountability purposes.

KĀʻEO Contact Information

The  KĀʻEO Help Desk is staffed by English and Hawaiian speakers. The Help Desk is open Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM. Help Desk personnel have been trained to address questions about aspects of the test administration both technical and logistical.

  1. Help Desk phone number: 808-956-7834
  2. Help Desk email:
  3. Website:
  4. Physical Address:
    Hawaiian Immersion Assessment Project
    Attn: Pōhai Kukea Shultz
    1776 University Avenue, Everly 126
    Honolulu, HI 96822

For questions about the content and purpose of the Hawaiian Immersion Assessment Project, please visit: or contact the project staff at the University of Hawai‘i, Mānoa:

NAEPGo to website

The National Assessment of Educational Progress or NAEP is a federal assessment of students in grades 4, 8, and 12. NAEP is administered in two-year cycles. During odd years such as 2012-13, NAEP assesses three subjects and provides grades 4 and 8 state level results for every state. It also provides national results for grades 4, 8, and 12. During even years, NAEP often assesses social studies subjects and/or arts for national results with a small number of high schools.

Hawai’i DOE Intranet* webpage for NAEPGo to website

The Hawai’i Department of Education’s internal website contains additional information and resources related to the NAEP assessments.

WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0Go to website

The WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 is a secure large-scale English language proficiency assessment administered to Kindergarten through 12th grade students who have been identified as English language learners (ELLs). It is given annually in WIDA Consortium member states to monitor students’ progress in acquiring academic English. ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 is only available to Consortium member states. ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 is aligned with the WIDA English Language Development Standards and assesses each of the four language domains of Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. The assessment will be available in online format for Grades 1-12 for all Hawaii schools for the 2018-19 school year. Kindergarten, Alternate ACCESS for ELLs, and Grades 1-3 for writing will be given the paper-based tests.

Recent Announcements

12/28/18: The Assessment Section, in collaboration with the World Languages Program at the Office of Curriculum and Instructional Design, will provide a virtual training on the Avant online assessments for test coordinators and test administrators on Thursday, January 10, 2019. The purpose of the training is to offer an overview of the Avant assessment types available for the Seal of Biliteracy and technology requirements and procedures to administer the assessments. This training is required for Seal of Biliteracy applicants who administer the HIDOE-approved Avant online assessments. Additional information about the training, including dates and locations, can be found in the DOE memo posted on December 17, 2018. The registration deadline is Tuesday, January 8, 2019.

12/28/18: The annual English Language Proficiency (ELP) assessment window for School Year 2018-19 is open from January 15, 2019 to February 26, 2019. The online ACCESS for English Language Learners (ELLs) is required for all identified English Learners (ELs) in grades K-12. For those students in grades 1-12 who are classified as ELs and have significant cognitive disabilities, a paper-and-pencil test for the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs will be available. For Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about ELs with disabilities and for information about ordering test materials, review the 2016 DOE memo. For detailed information and relevant attachments regarding the annual ELP assessment, refer to memo dated December 11, 2018.

10/22/18: WIDA, along with the Assessment Section, invites schools to participate in the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Writing Field Test Again. Students in grades 1-3 may be administered the field test from November 14, 2018 to January 11, 2019to Tier A and B/C ELL students in Grades 1-12. Students in grades 4-12 may be administered the field test from December 3, 2018 to January 11, 2019.Participation in the Writing Field Test will provide a wonderful opportunity and valuable practice for students and test administrators in using the online and written (grades 1-3) platform and preparing for the upcoming 2019 operational ACCESS 2.0 administration. This Field Test will also assist in fulfilling the numbers needed for USDOE Peer Review. WIDA states are held to the following USDOE Peer Review Guidance: 1) Must provide evidence of appropriate field testing. 2) Field test student sample must be representative of the population of final test takers (of adequate size and diversity).

The flyer linked here provides the who, what and when of ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Writing Field Test participation. There is an incentive from WIDA of $100 for schools participating with 25 or more students. Consortium-wide participation in field testing is important to ensure the validity of ACCESS for ELLs Writing scores, and you can make a valuable contribution to the effort. No number of students/schools participating is too few!

To sign up for this WIDA Writing Field Test opportunity, contact Alex Bauer at or 608-265-0601. This opportunity will be open through Friday, December 1, 2018. If you sign up after the deadline, you will not be guaranteed to receive an incentive. If you have any questions, please contact Karen Tohinaka, Assessment Section, at (808)733-4100 or at lotus notes.

9/2017: Training materials and resources from the Fall 2017 WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Online Assessment trainings are available for download on the Smarter Balanced Resources page. Go to the Trainings and Webinars resources page, then click on the “Fall 2017 WIDA ACCESS 2.0 Training” folder.

Test Coordinator Information

State specific guidance and other information related to coordination and administration of the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 assessments are available by logging in to the WIDA website. The ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Checklist provides steps that need to be taken by school level staff in order to properly administer the assessments.

WIDA ACCESS Important Dates

Testing Dates


Testing Specifics

Start Date

End Date


DRC Provides 2017-2018 Site Data to SEA

Fri 8/10/18

Fri 8/10/18

SEA provides 2018-2019 Site Changes to DRC

Mon 8/13/18

Fri 9/28/18

Test Materials Ordering Available via Pre-ID file (SEA)

Tue 11/27/18

Tue 11/27/18

SEA Loads Pre-ID File into AMS

Tue 11/27/18

Tue 11/27/18

WIDA AMS Test Setup Available for Test Sessions

Mon 12/10/18

Tue 2/26/19

Districts Receive Test Materials (On)

Mon 1/7/19

Mon 1/7/19

SEA Loads Pre-ID File into AMS (2nd Upload)

Wed 1/9/19

Wed 1/9/19

During Testing

Test Window

Tue 1/15/19

Tue 2/26/19

Additional Test Material Ordering Window in AMS

Mon 1/7/19

Tue 2/19/19


Deadline for Shipping Completed test materials to DRC

Fri 3/1/19

Fri 3/1/19

Pre-Reporting Data Validation Window - Data Files to SEA

Tue 3/19/19

Tue 3/19/19

Pre-Reporting Data Validation Window - Data Files from SEA

Fri 3/22/19

Fri 3/22/19

Districts Receive Reports - Online (On)

Tue 4/23/19

Tue 4/23/19

Districts Receive Reports - Printed (On)

Mon 5/6/19

Mon 5/6/19

Post-Reporting Data Validation Window - Data Files to SEA

Tue 4/23/19

Tue 4/23/19

Post-Reporting Data Validation Window - Data Files from SEA

Mon 4/29/19

Mon 4/29/19

Data Available to State

Wed 5/15/19

Wed 5/15/19

Help Students Do Their Best:

WIDA is committed to providing resources and support for helping students feel informed and comfortable with their ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 testing experience. This is especially important now that expectations of student performance are increasing as a result of standard setting. The documents below outline some ways that educators can help prepare students for testing, in general and by language domain.

WIDA ACCESS Contact Information

  1. WIDA Client Services Center: or call toll free 1-866-276-7735
  2. Hawaii DOE ELL Program Manager: Andreas Wiegand
    ph: (808) 305-9717
  3. Hawaii DOE Assessment Section Online ACCESS state lead: Karen Tohinaka
    ph: (808) 733-4100