Testing Information

AIMSweb

AIMSweb is a universal screening, progress monitoring, and data management system that supports Response to Intervention (RTI) and tiered instruction. AIMSweb uses brief, valid, and reliable measures of reading and math performance for grades K-12, which can be generalized to any curriculum. AIMSweb efficiently screens all students, identifying those at risk for academic failure and enabling early intervention.


MAP

MAP a computer adaptive assessment test, provides educators with the detailed information they need to build curriculum and meet their students’ needs. Each child learns differently. So they have developed computerized adaptive assessments that test differently, allowing teachers to see their students as individuals – each with their own base of knowledge. With flexible delivery options, our assessments can scale to fit your needs. As a student responds to questions, the test responds to the student, adjusting up or down in difficulty. The result is a rewarding experience for the student, and a wealth of detailed information for teachers, parents and administrators.

PEAKS

Performance Evaluation for Alaska’s Schools (PEAKS) is the assessment that measures the Alaska English Language Arts & Mathematics standards adopted in 2012. The PEAKS assessments was administered for the first time in spring 2017 to students in grades 3-10.

Data Recognition Corporation DRC administers the statewide summative assessments for grades 3-10 in English Language Arts (ELA), Math and grades 4, 8, and 10 in Science.

The statewide summative assessment is important for three reasons. First, these assessments provide information for parents, educators, policy makers, the community, and businesses about how Alaska’s schools and districts are performing. Second, results from the assessments provide information to help all schools improve. Third, information from statewide assessments helps to ensure there is equity in education for all students. DEED’s mission is to provide an excellent education to every student every day.


ACT

American College Testing (ACT) is the leading US college admissions test measuring what you learn in high school to determine your academic readiness for college. It is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in:

The ACT with writing includes the four subject area tests plus a 40-minute writing test.

ACT results are accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the US.

The ACT includes 215 multiple-choice questions and takes approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete, including a short break (or just over four hours if you are taking the ACT with writing). Actual testing time is 2 hours and 55 minutes (plus 40 minutes if you are taking the ACT with writing).


WIDA: W-APT  

WIDA: W-APT stands for the WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test. It is an English language proficiency "screener" test given to incoming students who may be designated as English language learners. It assists educators with programmatic placement decisions such as identification and placement of ELLs. The W-APT is one component of WIDA's comprehensive assessment system.

W-APT test items are written from the model performance indicators of WIDA's five English Language Proficiency (ELP) standards:

  • Social & Instructional Language
  • Language of Language Arts
  • Language of Mathematics
  • Language of Science
  • Language of Social Studies


WIDA: ACCESS


WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 is a secure large-scale English language proficiency assessment administered to Kindergarten through 12th grade students who have been identified as English language learners (ELLs). It is given annually in WIDA Consortium member states to monitor students' progress in acquiring academic English. ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 is only available to Consortium member states.

WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 is aligned with the WIDA English Language Development Standards and assesses each of the four language domains of Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing.

The purposes and uses of the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 are:

  • Helps students and families understand students’ current level of English language proficiency along the developmental continuum.
  • Serves as one of multiple measures used to determine whether students are prepared to exit English language support programs.
  • Generates information that assists in determining whether ELLs have attained the language proficiency needed to participate meaningfully in content area classrooms without program support.
  • Provides teachers with information they can subsequently use to enhance instruction and learning in programs for their English language learners.
  • Provides districts with information that will help them evaluate the effectiveness of their ESL/bilingual programs.
  • Meets, and exceeds, federal requirements for the monitoring and reporting of ELLs' progress toward English language proficiency.

The tasks on the new summative assessment will continue to assess the language students need to process or produce in various school contexts. Each assessment item and task will target at least one of the five WIDA ELD Standards:

  • Social and Instructional Language
  • Language of Language Arts
  • Language of Mathematics
  • Language of Science
  • Language of Social Studies


STAR Reading

Renaissance Star Reading® provides interim data on students' reading skills, so you can set goals, respond quickly to student needs, monitor progress, and maximize growth.

This assessment is administered as a benchmark assessment in the fall, winter and spring. During the remainder of the school year it is used as a progress monitoring tool and is administered every three to four weeks.


STAR Math

Renaissance Star Math® assessments provide interim data so you can set goals, respond quickly to student needs, monitor progress, and maximize growth.

This assessment is administered as a benchmark assessment in the fall, winter and spring. During the remainder of the school year it is used as a progress monitoring tool and is administered every three to four weeks.


WorkKeys

WorkKeys targets skill development important for every type of employment. WorkKeys tests have a clear way to demonstrate student abilities to employers. This evaluation focuses on Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, and Reading for Information.

The results help students see what jobs they have the skills for and to improve the skills in which they are weak. Students use their results to get a better picture of their chances for success in the workforce and to improve areas where their skills are weak. The test scores along with various other criteria help determine if a student is eligible for the Alaska Performance Scholarship.

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