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State Required Tests

ACT Plus Writing

The ACT is a curriculum-based examination that matches well with the education standards in your state. Taking the ACT college readiness assessment can provide helpful information for all students, not just those who are planning to attend college. ACT can give every student a measure of his or her academic strengths and weaknesses. Results can be used to recognize academic strengths and areas that need improvement, whether students intend to go to college or enter the workplace after high school. Students not considering college may decide to make college plans later. ACT results can help students begin the career exploration and planning process. The ACT includes multiple-choice tests in English, mathematics, reading, and science. The tests measure educational development in those areas and are based on what students have learned—they are not aptitude or IQ tests. If your state or district is administering the ACT Plus Writing, students will also take a Writing Test, for which they will write an essay in English in response to a prompt that defines an issue and presents two opposing points of view on that issue. The ACT Writing Test measures the writing skills students have acquired in high school English courses and complements the multiple-choice ACT English Test. Many colleges use ACT Writing Test results as a guide for placing incoming students into first-year composition courses. All 11th grade students will participate in this assessment. 

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ACT WorkKeys

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, Locating Information, and Reading for Information can lead to earning ACT's National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC), a portable credential earned by more than 1 million people across the United States. ACT understands that work-ready students are more likely to gain greater employability. In turn, WorkKeys is a tool that helps students determine the skill levels required for various jobs. All 12th grade students will participate in this assessment.

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ACAP Alternate Assessment

The ACAP Alternate Assessment is designed for special education students whose Individualized Education Program (IEP) teams determine that the students will not participate in the regular student testing program. Students with significant cognitive disabilities must be taught and tested using grade level Alabama Extended Standards. The Body of Evidence includes a variety of products that illustrate student achievement on each Alabama Extended Standard for the grade level of enrollment. A Body of Evidence often includes actual student work, captioned photographs, videotapes, audiotapes, data charts, and graphs. The Body of Evidence will be submitted to a third party for evaluation.

Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State to State for English Language Learners - (ACCESS for ELLs)

The Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State to State for English Language Learners is a standards-based, criterion referenced English language proficiency test designed to measure English language learners' social and academic proficiency in English. It assesses social and instructional English as well as the language associated with language arts.

This test has six main purposes:

  • to identify the English language proficiency level of students with respect to state-wide performance standards
  • to identify students who may be candidates for English as a second language (ESL) and/or bilingual education services
  • to assess annual English language proficiency gains using a standards-based assessment instrument
  • to provide districts with information that will help them evaluate the effectiveness of their ESL/Bilingual programs and determine staffing requirements
  • to provide data for meeting federal and state statutory requirements with respect to student assessment
  • to provide information that enhances instruction and learning in programs for English language learners.

ACCESS for ELLsTM consists of a battery of tests spanning five grade level clusters and five proficiency levels. The grade level clusters include:

  • Kindergarten
  • Grades 1-2
  • Grades 3-5
  • Grades 6-8
  • Grades 9-12