Assessment

ACAP Summative Assessment

Grades:  Second Grade through Eighth Grade

The ACAP Summative Assessment is an online assessment designed to provide students,
parents, teachers, administrators, and Alabama residents with information regarding student
progress toward mastery of the Alabama Course of Study Standards. Students in grades 2-8
are tested in the areas of math and English language arts. Students in grades 4, 6, and 8 will
also take the science assessment.

 
ACAP Alternate Assessment

Grades:  Second Grade through Eighth Grade, Tenth and Eleventh Grades

The ACAP Alternate Assessment is a performance task assessment administered as an
alternate to the general education state assessment.  This assessment is administered to
students with significant cognitive disabilities working on the Alabama Extended Standards. 
The ACAP Alternate is a paper-based, multiple choice assessment administered in the areas
of English language arts and mathematics in Grades 2-8, 10 and 11 and science in Grades 4,
6, 8, 10, and 11.



Assessing Competency and Communication in English State to State for English
Language Learners (ACCESS)

Grades:  Kindergarten through Twelfth

ACCESS for ELLs (English Language Learners) measures the level of English language
proficiency for LEP (Limited English Proficiency) / ELL students.  This assessment reports
information about a student's level of social and academic English language proficiency. 
Social language is used to communicate for everyday purposes.  Academic language is used
to communicate the content of language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. 
ACCESS is administered in March.
Performance is reported in the following proficiency levels:

Entering - Knows and uses minimal social language and minimal academic language with
visual support
Beginning - Knows and uses some English and general academic language with visual
support
Developing - Knows and uses social English and some specific academic language with
visual support
Expanding - Knows and uses social English and some technical academic language
Bridging - Knows and uses social and academic language working with modified grade level
material
Reaching - Knows and uses social and academic language at the highest level measured by
this test
 


PreACT

Grade:  Ten

The PreACT will be given to all tenth grade students in Alabama.  This assessment simulates
the ACT testing experience within a shorter test window on all four ACT test subjects:
English, math, reading and science. Test results predict future success on the ACT test, and
provide both current achievement and projected future ACT test scores on the familiar 1-36
ACT score scale.



The ACT

Grade:  Eleven

The ACT will be given to all eleventh grade students in Alabama.  The ACT® college
readiness assessment is a curriculum- and standards-based educational and career planning
tool that assesses students' academic readiness for college. 


ACT WorkKeys

Grade:  Twelfth

ACT WorkKeys is a job skills assessment system that helps employers select, hire, train,
develop, and retain a high-performance workforce. This series of tests measures foundational
and soft skills and offers specialized assessments to target institutional needs.
As part of ACT's Work Readiness System, ACT WorkKeys has helped millions of people in
high schools, colleges, professional associations, businesses, and government agencies build
their skills to increase global competitiveness and develop successful career pathways.
Successful completion of ACT WorkKeys assessments in Applied Mathematics, Graphic
Literacy, and Workplace Documents can lead to earning ACT's National Career Readiness
Certificate (ACT NCRC), a portable credential earned by more than 2.3 million people across
the United States.


Civics

Grade:  Twelfth

 Alabama ACT 2017-173, requires all high school seniors in Alabama to successfully
complete a civics test based on the US Citizenship and Immigration Services exam. The
purpose of this test is to ensure that all Alabama students have basic knowledge of United
States history, government, and geography as well as related civic rights and responsibilities.
The test has 100 multiple-choice questions and will be administered during the student’s
required government class. Students must earn a 60 on the test to pass it. Students who do not
successfully complete the exam on the first attempt must take it again during their
government class in order to meet graduation requirements.  Teachers will work with students
throughout the course to prepare for this test, and study materials are available.

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