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    What is your student learning?

    Alabama students are assessed using a variety of state mandated standardized assessments. A description is provided of state mandated assessments given within the Satsuma City School System.


    ACCESS for ELLs

    ACCESS is an individual assessment given to all students in grades K through 12 who are English as a second language learner to determine English language proficiency. The four domains assessed are Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.


    The Alabama Alternate ACCESS for ELLs is designed specifically for students identified as English language learners with significant cognitive disabilities. It is available for grade-level clusters including 1-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. It is available ian all four domains accessed with ACCESS for ELLs including Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. The following requirements must be met to participate in the ALTERNATE ACCESS for ELLs.

    • Identified as ELL
    • Identified as having one or more existing categories of disability under IDEA
    • Currently participating in Alabama Extended Standards
    • Disability precludes meaningful participation in ACCESS for ELLs. even with accommodations


    The primary purpose of the Alabama Alternate Assessment is to assess student's mastery of state extended standards in Reading, mathematics and Science. The AAA is a criterion-referenced portfolio assessment administered to students with significant cognitive disabilities working on the Alabama Extended Standards.

    The AAA is actually a process occurring throughout the school year. This process follows these steps: the teacher teaches and collects pieces of evidence reflective of the student's performance on a particular complexity level for each grade-level extended content standard throughout the school year. The teacher selects three pieces of evidence per extended content standard to send as the student's Body of Evidence. Evidence score includes student worksheets/teacher tests, student work samples, annotated photographs, scripted audio/video, and written performance summaries. The compilation of the Body of Evidence completes the assessment process.

    The pieces of evidence in the Body of Evidence are scored using the AAA Rubric: alignment to the Extended Content Standard; Complexity of the Extended Content Standard; level of Assistance Used; mastery of Content. Performance is reported on four levels with the goal of students scoring a Level III or Level IV, meeting or exceeding content standards.


    ACT plus WRITING

    ACT plus Writing is an individual assessment given to 11th graders to be used for early college admission entry and for scholarship application. The ACT plus Writing is the "real" national college admissions exam that measures English, Math, Science and Reading with the addition of writing. The ACT plus Writing is accepted by all colleges and universities in the United States. For more information about the ACT plus Writing, click here. 



    The ACT Aspire will be given in grades 3 through 8 and grade 10 to assess the content areas of Reading and Math. The data will be used to show a clear line of growth toward College and Career Readiness Standards. The ACT Aspire provides longitudinal assessment data from elementary grades to high school. It is linked to College Readiness Benchmark scores used on the ACT so students can be monitored to determine if they are on track for college. It uses multiple question types, including technology-enhanced questions. To learn more about ACT Aspire click here.



    ACT WorkKeys is a job skills assessment system that helps employers select, hire, train, develop, and retain a high-performance workforce. This series of tests measures foundational and soft skills and offers specialized assessments to target institutional needs.

    As part of ACT's Work Readiness System, ACT WorkKeys has helped millions of people in high schools, colleges, professional associations, businesses, and government agencies build their skills to increase global competitiveness and develop successful career pathways.

    Successful completion of ACT WorkKeys assessments in Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, and Reading for Information can lead to earning ACT's National Career Readiness Certificate (ACT NCRC), a portable credential earned by more than 2.3 million people across the United States.