Alabama Student Assessment Program Overview



ACT Aspire is a standards-based assessment system that gauges student progression from grades 3 through 10 in English, reading, writing, mathematics, and science. ACT Aspire is administered to all Grade 3-8 and 10 students in Alabama public schools.

* Students are assessed with selected response as well as constructed response items. The constructed response items do not always have just one answer.

* The fact that ACT Aspire links to the ACT College- Career-Readiness Benchmarks and aligns with College- And Career-Ready Standards is the most attractive characteristic of this assessment.

* Teachers and parents want to know where their students are. With the ACT Aspire platform, teachers and parents will be able to get detailed information about student progress toward specific learning standards. With that information, they will be able to tailor instruction and resources to increase growth.


ACT with Writing

The ACT is the capstone of ACT College and Career Readiness Solutions, and it is aligned to Alabama's College and Career Readiness Standards. The ACT with Writing is administered to all Grade 11 students enrolled in Alabama public high schools.


* is accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the United States;

* will enable school and district leaders to track student performance with aggregated and standards-based reporting past high school classes;

* will be used as an instructional improvement program statewide to improve the college and career readiness of Alabama students;

* will raise college awareness and exposure among all students, rather than just self-selected, college-bound students now that it is administered statewide.

The ACT individual High School Reports are excellent tools that can be used by counselors and teachers as they assist students in preparing for their futures. Educators will know the students' educational strengths and weaknesses, areas of need, college plans, and career interests. Teachers and administrators will use the ACT Profile Report in intervention, curriculum review, course planning, collaboration, and professional development.


ACT WorkKeys

All Grade 12 students in Alabama public schools will be assessed with the ACT WorkKeys. ACT WorkKeys assessments are research-based measures of foundational work skills required for success across industries and occupations. They have been used for more than two decades by job seekers, employees, employers, students, educators, administrators, and workforce and economic developers.

ACT WorkKeys assessments measure the cognitive and non-cognitive skills needed for success in the workforce. Students take the Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information, and Locating Information tests. Based on the scores attained on the three assessment, students may be eligible to earn a Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum Certificate.



The Alabama Alternate Assessment (AAA) is a performance task assessment administered as an alternate to the general education state assessment. The AAA is administered to students with significant cognitive disabilities working on the Alabama Extended Standards. The AAA ia a paper-based multiple choice assessment administered in the areas of reading and mathematics in Grades 3-8 and 10 and science in Grades 5, 7, and 10.


ACCESS for ELLs 2.0


ACCESS for ELLS 2.0 is administered to students in Grades K-12 who have been identified as English language learners (ELs). It is given annually in Alabama and is used to monitor EL students' progress in acquiring academic English within the school context, as well as language associated with language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies across four domains of Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing.