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Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT)

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State Testing Information for Alabama

Portions of the following material were taken from the Alabama Department of Education website. Please see our links and source sections at the bottom of the page for more details and references.



Assessment Information

Stanford Achievement Test, Tenth Edition (Stanford 10) (SAT-10)

  • Primary Purposes:

  • - To compare individual and group performance with performance of the norming group
    - To report relative strengths and weaknesses of individuals and groups
    - To provide data to study changes in performance over time
  • Content:

  • - Grade 3—Reading, Mathematics, and Language
    - Grade 4—Reading, Mathematics, and Language
    - Grade 5—Reading, Mathematics, Language, and Science
    - Grade 6—Reading, Mathematics, Language, and Social Science
    - Grade 7—Reading, Mathematics, Language, and Science
    - Grade 8—Reading, Mathematics, and Language
  • Results provide Alabama educators, parents, and the public a comparison of the performance of Alabama’s students, schools, school systems, and state to the performance of the nation.



Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT)

  • A criterion-referenced test
  • Consists of selected items from the Stanford Achievement Test (Stanford 10) in reading and mathematics
  • Additional test items were developed to be included so that all content standards were fully covered.
  • Primary Purposes:

  • - To assess students’ mastery of state content standards in reading and mathematics
    - To report individual and group performance
    - To report relative strengths and weaknesses of individuals and groups
    - To provide data to study changes in performance over time
  • Grades 3-8—Reading and Mathematics

  • Results are used for accountability for Grades 3-8 in meeting one of the requirements of the No Child Left Behind legislation.



Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS)

  • Primary Purposes:

  • - To assess students’ mastery of early reading skills
    - To provide teachers and parents with a better understanding of a student’s strengths, weaknesses, and progress in the major developmental areas of early literacy
    - To provide information to the teachers and parents in a time-efficient manner
    - To assist teachers with the development of classroom instruction appropriate for the student
  • Content:

  • - Kindergarten - Initial Sound Fluency, Letter Naming Fluency, Phoneme Segmentation, and Nonsense Word Fluency
    - Grade 1 - Letter Naming Fluency, Phoneme Segmentation, Nonsense Word Fluency, and Oral Reading Fluency
    - Grade 2 - Nonsense Word Fluency and Oral Reading Fluency
    - Grade 3 (optional) - Oral Reading Fluency



Alabama Science Assessment (ASA)

  • A criterion-referenced test
  • Primary Purposes:

  • - To assess students’ mastery of state content standards in science
    - To report individual and group performance
    - To report relative strengths and weaknesses of individuals and groups
    - To provide data to study changes in performance over time
  • Content:

  • - Grade 5—Physical Science, Life Science, Earth and Space Science
    - Grade 7—Life Science



Alabama Direct Assessment of Writing (ADAW)

  • Primary Purposes:

  • - To assess students’ writing performance in descriptive, narrative, expository, and persuasive modes of discourse, thus encouraging writing in all four modes
    - To report to the public regarding students’ writing performance in descriptive, narrative, expository, and persuasive modes of discourse
  • Content:

  • - Grade 5—Descriptive, Narrative, and Expository modes of writing
    - Grade 7—Descriptive, Narrative, Expository, and Persuasive modes of writing
    - Grade 10—Narrative, Expository, and Persuasive modes of writing
  • Scores are reported in the following manner:

  • - Focused Holistic Score: This requires the reader to focus attention on a set of compositional characteristics (purpose, content, audience, and organization/clarity) and to assign scores based on the level of proficiency that the writer demonstrates in these areas.
    - Analytic Scores: These scores are given for writing mechanics, sentence formation, and grammar and usage.



Alabama Alternate Assessment (AAA)

  • A criterion-referenced portfolio assessment
  • Administered to students with significant cognitive disabilities working on the Alabama Extended Standards
  • Primary Purposes:

  • - To assess students’ mastery of state extended content standards in reading, mathematics, and science
    - To report individual and group performance
    - To report relative strengths and weaknesses of individuals and groups
    - To provide data to study changes in performance over time
  • Content:

  • - Grades K-8 and 11—Reading
    - Grades 3-8 and 11—Mathematics
    - Grades 5, 7, and 11—Science



National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

  • The only nationally representative and continuing assessment of what Americas students know and can do in various subject areas
  • Grades 4, 8, and 12
  • Mathematics, Reading, Science, Writing, the Arts, Civics, Economics, Geography, and U.S. History
  • Provides results on subject-matter achievement, instructional experiences, and school environment for populations of students (e.g., all fourth-graders) and groups within those populations (e.g., female students, Hispanic students)
  • Does not provide scores for individual students or schools



Source:
Alabama Department of Education

Source Accessed Date:
September 12, 2012



Links
Alabama Student Assessment
Calendar for Student Assessment (2012-2013)


 
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