In spring 2020, Data Recognition Corp. (DRC) will be replacing Scantron as the permanent assessment administrator for the “Heart of Dixie” state.

Alabama testing standards aren’t changing, but the state’s assessment administrator is changing hands. The Alabama Scantron Performance Assessment Tests were designed in 2017 to replace Alabama’s ACT Aspire and ARMT exams. Scantron, however, was never meant to be a permanent assessment administrator for the state. The use of the Scantron Performance Series was a stopgap measure for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years.

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While teachers are typically the ones handing out assignments, when it came to finding the perfect teaching tool, one teacher in Danville, VA looked to his students for help.

High school English teacher Cary Wright has taught in Danville, VA for 23 years and counting. Two years ago, as he was preparing his 11th grade students at Galileo Magnet High School for their spring reading assessment, he asked his students to find a free or low-cost test-prep site.

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What we learn in each grade can differ across states. To guarantee that all schools in the same state meet certain requirements, there are academic standards. In the state of Indiana, the Indiana State Board of Education has created and implemented the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress Plus (ISTEP+) for grade 10.

Requirement for Graduation

The ISTEP+ exams are so important for consistency across the state that the Indiana Department of Education has made the passing of the Grade 10 ISTEP+ in English/Language Arts and Mathematics a requirement for those graduating in 2019 and on.

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In 2013, the state of Texas recognized that too many of its college students were not academically ready for college-level classes. In an effort to address this problem, the State Education Department introduced the Texas Success Initiative (TSI).  Evaluating the areas of reading, writing, and math, the TSI gives prospective colleges an idea of how academically successful you might be. Based on performance, a student might be placed in either a traditional college course or a course with assistance to improve certain skills. 

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student working in classroomThere are many paths students may take as they leave high school. One option is to take the ACT WorkKeys tests and earn a National Career Readiness Certificate. The WorkKeys CRC can be a stepping stone towards enriching careers for new graduates. The certificate is earned by successful completion of the three ACT WorkKeys assessments: Applied Math, Graphic Literacy, and Workplace Documents.

Students can also choose to take the Applied Technology,

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Texas schools assess student achievement starting in third grade with the STAAR program. The program wasDrawing at lesson implemented in 2012 to help assess student understanding. Early achievement can be a good indicator of later success. For that reason, helping your student improve their STAAR scores can put them on the road to college enrollment.

The test assesses reading and mathematics for students in grades three through eight. For students grades four and seven,

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students group in computer lab classroomCompetition to enter the job market or be admitted to colleges is increasing every year. More international students are gaining entry into top US universities. At the same time, top sectors of job growth in the STEM arena are constantly expanding and searching for qualified candidates. However, American students are losing out on those jobs at startling rates.

To help students compete and reach the necessary benchmarks, states have been reforming and renewing graduation protocols for the past few years.

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Group of university students working in libraryWith all the requirements needed to get into a good college and on the right track, sometimes it’s hard to focus on any one thing. Students need extracurriculars, sports, clubs, languages, volunteer work and more just to be competitive when they apply for college. And let’s not forget high grade-point averages, SAT and ACT scores, and AP courses. With everything your student needs to keep track of, it’s easy to forget one tiny detail.

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Teachers have real challenges ahead of them each year when it comes to helping students succeed in school. Earning a diploma and moving on to higher education are increasingly important each year. Without these markers for aptitude, graduates are hard pressed to find gainful employment.
Students who graduate ill-prepared for college are unlikely to pursue higher education and later find satisfactory employment. For that reason, the Arkansas Department of Education has recently implemented teacher training and changed the yearly benchmarks to improve student performance.

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The USATestprep content team has been very busy this winter adding resources to better match your state’s tests.  Below is a list of some of the things that we have accomplished recently. We’ve added hundreds of each of these:
  • New “Choose All” style Technology-Enhanced Performance Tasks, sometimes called “Multi-Select”
  • New questions authored across our most widely-accessed standards
  • New and newly-improved instructional videos
  • New free response/essay style questions
  • New printable worksheets added to our database
The Choose All items are now available under Performance Tasks when making your benchmarks. Keep Reading »