Student Assessment

Welcome to Student Assessment!

This section is designed to provide you with information related to the various tests administered by the Alabama State Department of Education and the Colbert County Board of Education. Colbert County Schools Testing Calendar for 2016-2017 school year can be located under "documents" tab.


Summative Assessments

Alabama students are assessed using a variety of state-mandated standarized assessments. A description is provided below of state assessments given within the Colbert County school system.



ACT WORKKEYS is a job skills assessment given to all seniors that measures the areas of Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, and Reading Information. Successful completion in these areas can lead to earning ACT's National Career Readiness Certifictate. This helps employers select, hire, train, develop, and retain a high performance workforce. This test has helped millions of people build their skills to increase global competitiveness and develop successful career pathways. For more information, please visit


The ACT college readiness assessment given to 11th grade students assesses the following areas: English, Math, Reading, Science, and Writing. This assessment is used as a college admissions and placement test and measures skills needed for first-year college success. Additionally, the ACT includes a career exploration component that stimulates students' thinking about future plans and relates personal characteristics to career options. For more information, please visit


ACT Aspire is a standards-based summative assessment that measures academic achievement in math and reading in grades 3-8 and 10 as well as science in grades 5, 7, and 10. Aspire is linked to the ACT College and Career Readiness Standards research-based information that makes these results meaningful by connecting a student's score to specific skills and knowledge important for college and work success. A handout titled "Understanding your child's Aspire report" is located under the "documents" tab. For more additional information, please visit


ACCESS is an individual assessment given to all students in grades k-12 that have English as a second language to determine English language proficiency. Four domains assessed are listening, reading, writing, and speaking. 


The AAA is a criterion-referenced assessment administered to students with significant cognitive disabilities working on the Alabama Extended Standards. It assesses student mastery in the areas of reading, math, and science. This process occurs throughout the school year. Teacher collects pieces of evidences that are scored using the following rubric: aligment to the content standard, complexity of the standard, level of assistance used, and mastery of content. 


Students in Colbert County Schools are assessed using a varity of formative, or on-going, assessments that are used for instructional purposes. The following tests are not state-mandated tests; however, test security is maintained to ensure validity of tests results.



Performance Series is a computer-based, multiple choice assessment with questions that automatically adjust to each student's instructional level regardless of grade enrolled in. Educators are allowed to monitor growth and view student progress over time. Students in grades 2-12 are tested in reading and math atleast twice a year.


Dibels is an on-going reading formative assessment that is used with students in grades K-1. 



It is the official policy of the Colbert County School District that no person shall on the grounds of race, color, disability, sex, religion, creed, national
origin or age, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program, activity or employment.