Alabama Comprehensive Assessment Program

ACAP Summative Grades 2nd-8th administered in April

Beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, all 2nd-8th grade students will participate in a new statewide assessment.  This will take the place of the Performance Series test that has been given in the past two years.  It is being called the "ACAP Summative". 

Some new features of the new ACAP Summative Assessment are:

Second grade will take the test, but their scores will only be used to measure growth for their 3rd grade year.

There is a writing component in the tests for grades 4 through 8.

Grades 4, 6, and 8 will take the Science portion (previously this was given in 5th and 7th grades).


Sample test items for this new assessment are available by clicking HERE

Online Training Tools (OTT) - Student Practice for ACAP computer enhancement tools click HERE Students may access the OTT as often as needed or desired from either the classroom or home. The OTT runs on a standard Google Chrome web browser and can be accessed outside the school network.

PreACT grade 10 administered  in October
This assessment is administered to 10th grade students in the fall. It mirrors the ACT they will take in the 11th grade. The purpose is to establish a baseline for growth to be measured after the ACT with Writing administration the following year. These results are not used for accountability.

The ACT with Writing grade 11 administered in March

All students in the 11th grade are required to participate in the administration of this assessment. The ACT with Writing is an entrance exam which is accepted by colleges and universities throughout the country. It is also used as an accountability measure for Alabama high schools. Additionally, students who meet or exceed the benchmark score for any subtest on the ACT are considered to be college ready by ALSDE and contribute positively to our system's college and career readiness indicator component of the accountability model.

ACT Workkeys grade 12 administered in October

ACT WorkKeys® tests are research-based measures of foundational work skills essential to career success across industries and occupations. The assessments help to close skill gaps and improve workforce quality. This assessment is administered to students in grade 12. Students who earn a silver standard or higher on all three component tests are considered to be career ready by ALSDE and positively affect the college and career readiness indicator for accountability.

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 administered to all EL students grades K-12  in February

English Learners (EL) students are administered this assessment annually to measure their progress with acquisition of the English language. They are assessed in four domains: Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing.

ACAP Alternative (formerly known as the Alabama Alternate Assessment, or "AAA") administered in March

Students in grades 3 - 8 and 10 who have significant cognitive disabilities will participate in the AAA. They are tested in the same curriculum areas as their general education counterparts. The assessment is based upon the Alabama Alternative Standards which allow students to demonstrate mastery through task performance.


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