2020-2021 Testing Schedule
Fall STAR Tests (Online): August 19 -- September 10, 2020 (Grades 1-6 will take STAR Reading and STAR Math; some students will take STAR Early Literacy).
Winter STAR Tests (Online): January 6 -- January 27, 2021 (Kindergarten will take STAR Early Literacy. Grades 1-6 will take STAR Reading and STAR Math; some students will take STAR Early Literacy).
Spring STAR Tests (Online): May 3 -- May 18, 2021 (Kindergarten will take STAR Early Literacy. Grades 1-6 will take STAR Reading and STAR Math; some students will take STAR Early Literacy).
ACAP Summative (Online): March 29 -- April 30, 2021 (Grades 2-3 ELA; Grades 4-8 ELA with Writing; Grades 2-8 Math; Grades 4, 6, and 8 Science). *Specific BCBE Dates for the ACAP and Elsanor will be updated as it is released.
The ACAP will be administered once a year in the Spring. Test items will be aligned to the Alabama Courses of Study. To learn more, visit ALSDE's Curriculum and Instructions Meeting Powerpoint, slides 36-47.
- The ACAP will be administered to students in grades 2-8.
- Second grade will take the test, but their scores will only be used to measure growth for their 3rd-grade year.
- The assessment will be administered 100% online with the exception of a documented need for paper assessments (IEP, 504 Plan, or I-ELP).
- The content areas to be assessed are math and English/language arts.
- There is a writing component in the tests for grades 4 through 8 based on literary analysis.
- Grades 4, 6, and 8 will take the Science portion (previously this was given in 5th and 7th grades).
STAR Assessments will be administered three times a year, in the Fall, Winter, and Spring. STAR Assessments for elementary students include STAR Early Literacy, STAR Reading, and STAR Math.
- STAR Assessments are computer-adaptive tests, meaning each student’s testing experience is unique. When a student answers a question correctly, STAR automatically selects a more difficult item to be the next question. When a student answers a question incorrectly, the opposite occurs and the next item is less difficult than the current one.
- By adapting to students and eliminating unnecessary questions, STAR can accurately measure student performance and growth with fewer items and less time.
- Complete results are immediately available for educators via interactive, easy-to-read reports. The system understands how skills relate to one another—and that a student correctly answering advanced items doesn’t need to be tested separately on the basic component skills. For example, a student who aces complex algebra questions won’t see items testing basic addition skills.
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