Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education Assessment Correction Engine (ACE) for Reason Not Tested

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Public School Accountability
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Assistant Principal; Assistant Superintendent; Data Stewards (SIS; eSchool; eFinance; TRIAND); Principals; School Counselors; Superintendents; Test Coordinators

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The Assessment Correction Engine (ACE) interface will be available to all districts from August 7 through August 21 at the ADE Data Center. Districts MUST use ACE to certify assessment data and MAY submit documentation to remove eligible students from their denominator for expected to test. All data must be certified by the district superintendent no later than 5:00 p.m., August 21, 2023.

The School Performance Unit will provide an “ACE”-ing Test Corrections session for district and school-level staff on August 2nd at 10:00 AM. Register now using the links provided.

Superintendents must log in to CERTIFY their district’s data. However, the superintendent may designate someone to make corrections on their behalf. Districts are strongly encouraged to review their participation rate data (percent tested) and enter any needed Reason Not Tested (RNT) codes and documentation as early as possible. Only data for the 2022-2023 school year can be changed.

The resulting post-appeal accountability information will become part of the data incorporated in the accountability plan required by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). DESE will use the data in the ESSA School Index, School Performance Report Card, and Rewards/Recognition calculations. Please use this time to make sure the data are accurate.

Contact the School Performance Unit at or (501) 683-1024 for more information regarding assessment corrections.

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