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Thursday, May 03, 2007

Latest on science assessments

Alabama High School Graduation Exam
The Science portion of the AHSGE is about to change. Those who take the test in the fall of 2007 will still be taking old test, which is composed of around 70% biology. Those who take the test after that will be taking the new test, which is composed of 100% biology.

The reason for the change is a mandate from Washington. The Alabama High School Graduation Exam is an 11th grade test. The old test included material contained in the Course of Study from junior high and elementary school science.

Alabama Science Assessment
This new test will be given to students in grades 5 and 7. The test was piloted this year and will be given to all students in grades 5 and 7 in the spring of 2008.

The 5th grade test will cover Physical Science, Life Science, and Earth & Space Science. The 7th grade test will cover Life Science. All of the standards tested are from the Alabama Course of Study for Science. All questions will be multiple choice. To view the Course of Study for any subject area, you may go here.

The Alabama Science Assessment will not count towards AYP at present. More than likely, a decision on how and when the assessment will factor into a school's accountability will occur after the next Presidential election.

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