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Testing

For information about student assessment, please contact one of the following:

Lora Snell – lsnell@madison.k12.al.us                  

256-852-2557 Ext:61272

AHSGE ACT Explore 
ACCESS for ELL ACT Plan 
Alabama Alternate Assessment  ACT Quality Core EOC
ACT Aspire  ACT plus Writing 
DIBELS  ACT WorkKeys

Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE)

Primary Purposes:

  • To assess students’ mastery of content defined as “fundamental,” a requirement for receipt of an Alabama high school diploma.
  • To report the percent of students in the school passing each subject-area test for grades 10, 11, and 12
  • To report relative strengths and weaknesses of individuals and groups.

Content:

  • Academic content standards in reading, mathematics, language, science, and social studies found in the Alabama courses of study.

 Additional Information:

  • The first administration of the AHSGE occurs in the spring of the student’s 10th grade year. This is a checkpoint.  If a student passes any of the subject-area tests, he or she is given credit for that subject-area test.
  • The second administration of the AHSGE occurs in the spring of the student’s 11th grade year.  After this administration, any subject-area that is not passed by a student may be taken again during subsequent administrations of the assessment.  These administrations take place in July following the 11th grade, September of the 12th grade, December of the 12th grade, and March of the 12th grade.
  • The student receives information regarding mastery/non-mastery for each objective.
  • Performance is reported as “pass” (mastery) or “fail” (non-mastery).
  •  This is not a timed assessment.

Alabama State Department Item Specifications:

  • The Item Specifications provide essential information concerning the testing of an AHSGE objective.  
  •  The sample items will not be found on the pre-graduation examination or the AHSGE. 
      • AHSGE math item specifications
      • AHSGE language item specifications
      • AHSGE biology item specifications
      • AHSGE reading specifications
      • AHSGE science item specifications
      • AHSGE social studies item specs

Alabama Reading and Mathematics Plus Test (ARMT+), including Science

Primary Purposes:

  • To assess students’ mastery of state content standards in reading and mathematics 
  • To report individual and group performance

  • To report relative strengths and weaknesses of individuals and groups

  • To provide data to study changes in performances over time

 

Content:

  • Grades 3-8  - Academic content standards in reading


  • Grades 3-8  - Academic content standards in mathematics

Additional Information:

  • The ARMT is a criterion-referenced test.  It consists of selected items from the Stanford Achievement Test (Stanford 10) which matches the Alabama state content standards in reading and mathematics.  Additional test items were developed to be included so that all content standards were fully covered.  It is this combination of Stanford 10 items and newly developed items tha is known as the ARMT.

  • The ARMT has a 100% alignment to the Alabama state content standards in reading and mathematics.

  • A student must take Stanford 10 Word Study Skills (Grade 3 only), Stanford 10 Reading Vocabulary (Grades 3-8), Stanford 10 Reading Comprehension (Grades 3-8), and the ARMT Part 2 Reading subtest to get an ARMT reading score.

  • A student must take Stanford 10 Mathematics Procedures (Grades 3-8), Mathematics Problem Solving (Grades 3-8), and the ARMT Part 2 Mathematics subtest to get an ARMT mathematics score.

  • Performance is reported in the following achievement levels:

o   Level I – Does not meet academic content standards

o   Level II – Partially meets academic content standards

o   Level III – Meets academic content standards (proficient or grade-level performance)

o   Level IV – Exceeds academic content standards

  • Results are used for accountability for Grades 3-8 in meeting one of the requirements of the No Child Left Behind legislation.

Alabama State Department Item Specifications:

The Item Specifications provide essential information concerning the testing of an ARMT objective.   

Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS)

Primary Purposes: 

  • To assess students’ mastery of early reading skills
  • To provide teachers and parents with a better understanding of a
       student’s strengths, weaknesses, and progress in the major
       developmental areas of early literacy
  • To provide information to the teachers and parents in a 
      time-efficient manner
  • To assist teachers with the development of classroom instruction
      appropriate for the student

 Content:

  • Kindergarten assesses Initial Sound Fluency, Letter Naming Fluency,
     Phoneme Segmentation, and Nonsense Word Fluency.
  • First Grade assesses Letter Naming Fluency, Phoneme
     Segmentation, Nonsense Word Fluency, and Oral Reading Fluency
  • Second Grade assesses Nonsense Word Fluency and Oral Reading
     Fluency

 Additional Information:

  • Benchmarks are administered three (3) times – fall, midyear, and
     spring.
  •  Progress Monitoring is consistently done throughout the school year

EXPLORE

EXPLORE is a curriculum-based assessment of English, Mathematics, Science, and Reading skills of 8th graders that is aligned to the Common Core State Standards and includes a career exploration component.  It is a component of the ACT College Readiness System.

Key Benefits:  

Students who participate in EXPLORE, PLAN, and the ACT are more likely to be ready for college.  For example, research shows that students who participate in both EXPLORE and PLAN programs increase their odds of meeting the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks by anywhere from 24 to 44%.

It better prepares students for college or careers.

Offers score reports to pinpoint the skills and knowledge that students possess, identify gaps in the students' learning, adjust curriculum to close learning gaps, and plan a student's education to prepare for college and career.

Helps engage students in planning their own futures. When students know what colleges expect or what skills they will need to pursue a career, in terms they can understand, they can make adjustments to achieve a smooth transition to postsecondary education or career training.

Content:

EXPLORE includes 4 multiple choice test:

Subject  Number of Questions  How Long it Takes 
English  40 30 Minutes 
Math  30 30 Minutes 
Reading  30 30 Minutes 
Science  28 30 Minutes 


Additional Information:

The score range for EXPLORE is 1 - 25

The composite score is simply the average of the test scores in English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science (rounded to a whole number).

PLAN 

PLAN serves as the midpoint measure of academic progress in ACT's College and Career Readiness System.  It is a curriculum-based assessment of English, Mathematics, Science, and Reading skills of 10th graders that is aligned to the Common Core State Standards and includes a career exploration component.

Key Benefits:

Students who participate in EXPLORE, PLAN, and the ACT are more likely to be ready for college.  For example, research shows that students who participate in both EXPLORE and PLAN programs increase their odds of meeting the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks by anywhere from 24 to 44%.

Let's students know if they are on target to be ready for college and prepares them for the ACT.

Because PLAN and the ACT share a common score scale, the scores earned on PLAN represent the same score a student is likely to earn on the ACT.  PLAN provides 10th graders with an indication of how their educational progress relates to their post-high school educational and career plans.

Enables 10th graders to use results to adjust their education and career plans early in their career.

Provides a focus for more effective parent involvement when reviewing a student's academic progress and postsecondary options.

Links students to college and scholarship oppotunities through ACT's Educational Opportunity Service.

Helps educators identify gaps in the curriculum and assists with designing more rigorous courses.

Enables teacher and couselors to take a closer look at student skills and knowledge and design a college readiness plan to meet the needs of each student.

 Content: 

The PLAN English Test measures your understanding of standard written English—punctuation, grammar and usage, and sentence structure (Usage/Mechanics)—and your understanding of the use of strategy, organization, and style in writing (Rhetorical Skills).

The PLAN Math Test measures your mathematical reasoning. The test focuses on your ability to reason in math rather than on how well you have memorized formulas or can do involved computations.

The PLAN Reading Test measures your reading comprehension by focusing on skills such as:

  • referring to details in a passage
  • drawing conclusions
  • making comparisons and generalizations

The PLAN Science Test measures your scientific reasoning skills, based on material that is typically taught in first- and second-year high school general science courses.

Additional Information:

PLAN is administered to tenth graders in October.