Predictive Assessment of Reading (PAR)

Grades: Kindergarten through Second Grade

The Predictive Assessment of Reading (PAR) accurately measures a child’s current level of reading skills and also calculates an accurate prediction of present and future reading achievement. Once the gap between where the child is now, and where PAR predicts they will be at both the 3rd grade and 8th grade levels, PAR determines exactly which skills will need intervention for the child to become a strong reader, and provides suggested intervention strategies to strengthen the specific skills a student lacks.

Scantron Performance Series

Grades:  Third Grade through Eighth Grade

Scantron Performance Series is a computer-adaptive diagonistic assessment that pinpoints the proficiency level of students across a range of subjects. This assessment provides students with tests tailored to their proficiencies. The online test adjusts automatically to each student’s ability level, generating more difficult questions if the student is answering correctly and easier ones if the student is answering incorrectly. Students receive a valid and reliable “scaled score” that may be used to measure academic growth.

Alabama Alternate Assessment (AAA)

Grades:  Kindergarten through Eighth Grade, and Eleventh Grade

The Alabama Alternate Assessment is an assessment of achievement of the Alabama Extended Standard in reading and mathematics.  This assessment is intended for students with significant cognitive disabilities receiving special education services who are unable to participate in the regular State Assessment Program.  Special education students participating in the AAA are taught Alabama Extended Standards throughout the school year.  Decisions regarding the assessment of a special education student are made by the IEP Team.  The AAA is administered in late March and early April.


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
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.

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.  The ACT is the capstone of our College and Career Readiness System. The test uses the same score scale as ACT Explore and ACT Plan, making the system an effective tool to monitor academic progress and student growth.

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, Locating Information, and Reading for Information 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.

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