2019-2020 Testing Schedule
Fall Scantron Benchmark Assessment (Online) September 9- September 27, 2019 (Grade 1 Math and Reading Foundation Grades 2-8 Math and Reading )
Winter Scantron Benchmark Assessment (Online) January 7-28, 2020 (Grade 1 Math and Reading Foundation Grades 2-8 Math and Reading)
OPTIONAL Spring Scantron Benchmark Assessment (Online) March 9- May 21, 2020 Completely optional principal discretion (Grade 1 Math and Reading Foundation Grades 2-10 Math and Reading)
ACAP Summative (Online) March 30- May 1, 2020 (Grades 2-3 ELA Grades 4-8 ELA with Writing Grades 2-8 Math Grades 4, 6, and 8 Science)
The ACAP will be administered in the Spring, once a year, starting in Spring 2020. 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).
Scantron provides assessment solutions and services for online and paper-based deployment. Scantron Assessment Solutions include specialized K-12 interim and summative testing programs delivered online or on paper, Higher Education testing and evaluation software, Corporate testing and evaluation, Certification & Licensure, Analytics, Surveys, and Assessment Development & Psychometrics. To learn more, visit https://www.scantron.com/assessment-solutions/educational-assessment/k-12/. To learn about Scantron in Alabama schools, visit https://www.scantron.com/state-solutions/alabama/.
Scantron's Performance Series is a computer-adaptive, online assessment that offers educators an efficient, standards-based method to immediately diagnose student needs and inform placement and instructional strategy decisions. Performance Series has been utilized for these purposes by districts across the state of Alabama since school year 2011-2012.
Performance Series assessments are aligned to Alabama's College- and Career-Ready standards, as well as to Common Core standards. The results show a student's scaled score and where that score falls in terms of grade-level achievement. The initial fall scaled score is used as a baseline for measuring growth, and growth targets for spring are immediately reported to the teacher and the student so they know how much the student needs to grow to stay on track.
The end-of-year report of Performance Series assessment results shows the student's spring scaled scores for reading, mathematics, and science (grades 5 and 7) and where those scores fall in terms of grade-level achievement, based on Alabama norms. The report also shows the growth, or learning gains, the student has made for those subjects. More importantly, the report identifies suggested learning objectives, which provides teachers, students, and parents with the specific skills and concepts—linked to Alabama standards—that should be worked on next.
Teachers use Scantron Analytics to analyze student data and determine the next steps in a student's learning experience. Students meet individually with their teachers at regularly scheduled intervals to discuss their achievments and chart a plan to meet their future goals. Using Scantron Analytics, a teacher can view a student's educational history and make data driven decisions about what each student needs.