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Assessments at Chastang Middle School 2013 - 2014
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Sunday, September 22, 2013
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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 to your child at Chastang Middle School.


EXPLORE/PLAN is given to 8th graders as part of the ACT's program to assess what college skills the student is lacking in order to develop those skills prior to exiting high school.  This assessment is based on the Common Core College  and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) and consists of four subtests (English, mathematics, reading, science) and a non-cognitive career interest inventory.  To learn more about EXPLORE, please visit the ACT EXPLORE website.  To learn more about PLAN, please visit the ACT PLAN website.

ACT Aspire

The ACT Aspire will be given in grades 6 through 8 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, please visit the ACT Aspire website or


Alabama Science Assessment (ASA)

ASA is a criterion referenced assessement that will be given to 6th and 7th graders in the academic area of science only in the spring of 2014.  Student scores are reported as a I, II, III, or IV, with a I or II being below grade level and a III or IV being at or above grade level.  Responses are in the form of multiple choice and open ended questions.


End of the Quarter Assessment (EQT)

End of Quarter assessments are developed to determine if students are meeting the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) at the end of each quarter.  Students scoring 70% or better are identified as meeting proficient on EQT assessment. These assessments will be given at the end of the quarter for all content area.




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