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 


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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
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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 2017-18 school year. Kindergarten, Alternate ACCESS for ELLs, and Grades 1-3 for writing will be given the paper-based tests.

Recent Announcements

11/10/17: WIDA, along with the Assessment Section, invites schools to participate in the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Writing Field Test beginning December 4, 2017 – January 16, 2018. 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 2018 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 50 or more students, and additional incentives provided by Assessment Section to schools participating with less than 50 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, 2017. 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.

Key Resources:

  1. Test Administrator Manual
  2. District and School Test Coordinator Manual
  3. Accessibility and Accommodations Supplement
  4. WIDA AMS User Guide
  5. Technology User Guide

WIDA Webinars

WIDA provides free webinars for test coordinators, test administrators, technology coordinators and others who have a role in the administration of the WIDA assessments. The calendar of WIDA webinars is available at the WIDA website. All webinars are recorded and posted so that they may be viewed at one’s convenience. The Webinar Recordings are posted within a week of the event.

WIDA Online Roles and Responsibilities

Schools are encourage to include the WIDA ACCESS 2.0 test coordinator as a member of their Assessment Team. Principals, technology coordinators, curriculum coordinators, SSCs and other test coordinators should meet regularly to discuss statewide summative assessments and the requirements to administer with fidelity. The roles and responsibilities of those involved in the administration of the WIDA ACCESS for ELLs Online assessment are provided to guide Assessment Team members in decision-making about the administration of the assessment and the allocation of resources.

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.

Technology Coordinator Information

School technology coordinators may log in to the Technology section of the WIDA website to access the following resources:

  1. Technology Readiness Checklist for WIDA Online Assessments
  2. Technology User Guide
  3. WIDA AMS User Guide
  4. System Requirements for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 and Screener
  5. Windows Quick Reference
  6. Mac Quick Reference
  7. ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Headset Specifications
  8. Troubleshooting Chart

WIDA ACCESS Testing Window

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Online Administration 


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*Subject to change   
**Paper/Pencil administration in kindergarten (all domains) and grades 1-3 (writing only)

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.

Getting Students Ready for Testing:

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Online
ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Paper

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