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Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS)

Grades: Kindergarten through Third Grade

The DIBELS assessment is used to assess students' mastery of early reading skills.  It provides teachers and parents with a better understanding of a student's strengths, weaknesses, and progress in the major developmental areas of early literacy.  Assessment results are used to assist teachers with the development of classroom instruction appropriate for each student.  DIBELS benchmarks are administered three times each year.

 

ACT Aspire

Grades:  Third Grade through Eighth Grade

ACT AspireTM is a computer-based, longitudinal assessment system that connects growth and progress from elementary grades through high school in the context of college and career readiness. Assessing students’ knowledge and skills is critical to ensuring all students receive the support and services necessary to help them succeed in school and life. The essential, actionable information and insights gained from ACT Aspire Assessment System® help educators understand a student’s past, capture the present, and impact the future.

 

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:

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

 

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.  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.