Curriculum and Assessment

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ACAP

The ACAP Summative is a computer-based, criterion-referenced assessment, designed to measure student progress on the Alabama Courses of Study Standards.

The assessment is administered to students in Grades 2-8, once a year, in the spring, and includes the content areas of English language arts and math. Students in grades 4, 6, and 8 also take the science assessment.

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ACT with Writing

ACT with Writing is the accountability measure for high school assessments (math, English, and science). It is administered to all Grade 11 students enrolled in Alabama public high schools.

The ACT:

  • Is accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the United States;

  • Enables school and district leaders to track student performance;

  • Raises college awareness and exposure among all students, rather than just self-selected, college-bound students now that it is administered statewide;

  • Provides user-friendly information about how ACT tests align with state standards.

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WorkKeys

All Grade 12 students in Alabama public schools were assessed with ACT WorkKeys for the first time in Spring 2015.

ACT WorkKeys assessments measure the cognitive and non-cognitive skills needed for success in the workforce. Students take the Applied Math, Graphic Literacy and Workplace Documents tests. Based on the scores attained on the three assessments, students may be eligible to earn a Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum Certificate.

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ALSDE Civics Test

The ALSDE requires that all students take and pass a Civics test prior to graduating. The test consists of 100 multiple choice questions and is given during the time the student is taking the required U.S. Government class (or after completion of the course). The student must score 60 or above. If the student scores below 60 or the first attempt, the student will be allowed to take the test a second time.