System Testing

Alabama Student Assessment Program Overview

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.

The ACT

  • 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.  

PreACT

PreACT is a multiple-choice assessment that offers 10th graders early experience with ACT test items, provides a predicted ACT test score, and offers a wealth of information to help students get the start they need to be college ready. 

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.

Alternate

The Alabama Comprehensive Assessment Program (ACAP) Alternate is an assessment administered to students in Grades 2-8, 10, and 11 in English language arts and math, and in Grades 4, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in Science, as an alternate to the general education state assessments. The ACAP Alternate is aligned to the Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards (AAAS) in English language arts (ELA), math, and science. The assessment is administered to students with the most significant cognitive disabilities who qualify for participation on the ACAP Alternate as determined by the IEP team. The ACAP Alternate consists of thirty-two multiple-choice items and two performance task items per grade per content area. 

Summative

The Alabama Comprehensive Assessment Program (ACAP) Summative is a computer-based, criterion-referenced assessment, designed to measure student progress on the Alabama Courses of Study Standards. The assessment is administered to students in Grades 2-8, once a year, in the spring, and includes the content areas of English language arts, math, and science (Grades 4, 6, and 8 only). The ACAP Summative is constructed to meet rigorous technical criteria and to ensure that all students have access to the test contents via principles of universal design and appropriate accommodations.‚Äč

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.

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