The American College Test (ACT®) is one of the US college admissions test that measures what a student learns in high school to determine his or her academic readiness for college. Students typically take the ACT test in Grade 11 in preparation for college admission application. For more information about the ACT test, please visit the ACT website.
The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is a multiple-aptitude test that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military. It is administered annually to more than one million military applicants, high school, and post-secondary students. The ASVAB was introduced in 1968 and more than 40 million students have taken the ASVAB since then.
STAR assessments are computer-adaptive tests designed to give educators accurate, reliable, and valid data quickly so that they can make good decisions about instruction and intervention. STAR Reading and STAR Math are given in grades 6-8 three times a year, include skills-based test items, learning progressions for instructional planning, and in-depth reports. They bridge testing and instruction.
The NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments are state-aligned, computerized adaptive tests that accurately reflect the instructional level of each student and measure growth over time. These tests are administered in reading and mathematics three times a year in grades 2 – 5.
AIMSweb measures are administered three times a year (fall, winter, spring) in grades K – 5, using curriculum-based measurement (CBM). CBMs have established reliability and validity and are used to summarize both a student’s level of performance and rate of progress. The majority of the AIMSweb CBMs take approximately one minute to administer. They give us a “snapshot” of a student’s early literacy skills, early numeracy skills, oral reading fluency, and/or academic growth in reading and math. They are used to identify students who could benefit from additional support. Once students are identified, additional assessment might be needed to determine what kind of support each child might need.