The ACT Aspire is administered in grades 3-8 and 10 to assess the core content areas. This data will be used to show a clear line of growth toward College and Career Readiness Standards. The ACT Aspire provides longitudinal assessment data from elementary grades to high school. It is linked to College Readiness Benchmark scores used on the ACT so students can be monitored to determine if they are on track for college. It uses multiple question types, including technology-enhanced questions. To learn more about ACT Aspire, please visit www.discoveractaspire.org
Grade 3-reading and math
Grade 4-8 reading, math, and science
Grade 10-reading, math, science, English, and writing
ACCESS for ELLs
ACCESS is an individual assessment given to all English language learners students in grades K through 12 to determine English language proficiency. The four domains assessed are listening, reading, writing, and speaking.
Alternate ACCESS for ELLs
The Alabama Alternate ACCESS for ELLs is designed specifically for students identified as English language learners with significant cognitive disabilities. The following requirements must be met to participate in the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs:
identified as ELL
identified as having one or more existing categories of disability under IDEA
currently participating in Alabama Extended Standards
disability precludes meaningful participation in ACCESS for ELLs, even with accommodations.
Alabama Alternate Assessment
The primary purpose of the Alabama Alternate Assessment is to assess students' mastery of state extended content standards in core academic areas. The AAA is a criterion-referenced portfolio assessment administered to students with significant cognitive disabilities working on the Alabama Extended Standards.
ACT plus Writing
ACT plus Writing is administered to 11th graders in April during the regular school day. It is used for college admissions and for scholarships. The ACT plus Writing is the national college admissions exam that measures English, math, science, and reading with an optional writing test which will be administered as well. The ACT plus Writing is accepted by all colleges and universities in the United States. For more information about the ACT plus Writing, please visit www.act.org.
ACT WorkKeys is a job skills assessment system which will be administered to all seniors beginning 2015. This assessment 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.