Assessments and Standards

Assessments and Standards
Assessments and Standards



What is AYP?

AYP is the measure of "Adequate Yearly Progress" set in "No Child Left Behind"

  • Need to have at least a 95% participation rate for all subjects and groups assessed
  • Proficiency results are generated in reading and math for 3rd-8th plus 11th grades
  • Science must be given and reported, but is not included in accountability status
  • Attendance and graduation rates are considered "additional academic indicators"
  • Results are generated for grade-level clusters, school, and system levels
  • Disaggregated results are generated for these groups: all students, economically disadvantaged(based on free/reduced lunch eligibility), special education, limited English proficient(ELL), and for all major racial/ethnic groups

What is the Alabama High School Graduation Exam?


The Alabama High School Graduation Exam is a five part content mastery assessment in reading, language, mathematics, biology, and social studies.  Starting with the 2012-2013 school year the graduation exam will only be given to juniors and seniors at Sheffield High School.  A student in the 11th or 12th grade must be able to pass all parts of the assessment to receive a regular or higher academic diploma.  Students passing only three parts including reading and math may receive a credit based diploma.  Currently, the graduation exam is phrasing out and will be replaced by end of course assessments using the quality core standards by 2015-2016 school year. 


What is the Alabama Alternate Assessment?

This assessment is only available for students who are eligible for special education services and are working on the State's "extended standards". The extended standards constitute the curriculum for students with significant cognitive deficits and are linked to the general education curriculum.



What is the Alabama Reading and Math Test Plus?

This is a criterion-reference test in the area of reading & math in grades 3 through 8. The ARMT+ also assesses knowledge of science in grades 5 and 7.  A criterion reference test assesses students’ mastery of a particular grade level standard using the Alabama Course of Study for grades 3 to 8.  The ARMT+ will be replaced with another yet to be named criterion reference test in 2013-2014. 


What is the ACCESS  for ELLs?

This assessment is used to evaluate individual student progress, to serve as the participation indicator for AYP, and it provides scores that determine whether or not a student is ready to exit ELL services. This assessment is a combination of group and individually administered sections.


What are Alabama College and Career Ready Standards?


The Common Core State Standards are a set of consistent, high quality academic benchmarks that clearly define the knowledge and skills all students should master by the end of each school year in order to be on track for success in college and career. The standards were created through a state-led initiative and have been adopted by more than 40 states.




What is the College and Career Assessments?


In partnership with the ACT testing service, the State Department of Education will assess 8th graders using the ACT EXPLORE, ACT PLAN for 10th graders, ACT Plus Writing, and WorkKeys at the high school level.