• Student assessment falls into two general categories: formative (assessment for learning) and summative (assessment of learning).

    Formative assessment happens while learning is still underway.  Teachers use these assessments to diagnose student needs, plan next steps of instruction, provide students with the feedback they can use to improve the quality of their work and help students see and feel in control of their journey to success.

    Summative assessments are those assessments that happen after learning is supposed to have occurred to determine if it did. They are used to make statements of student learning status at a point in time to those outside the classroom.  State assessments and college entrance assessments are examples of summative assessments. 


    ACT – American College Testing 

    • Norm-referenced test taken in grades 11 and 12.  This is also state-mandated and given to every 11th-grade student in the spring of each school year. 
    • Compares individuals and groups with a national norming group.
    • Assesses student ability in English usage, reading (social studies, science, art/literature), mathematics usage, and science reasoning.
    • Used to compare student performance with similar schools/school systems (socio-economic, size, etc.).
    • Used to plan college selection.


    ACT QualityCore

    ACT QualityCore End-of-Course Assessments measure the learning outcomes all students must attain in order to succeed in college and careers. Each assessment includes problem-based questions embedded in both academic and real-world contexts that are accessible and relevant to high school students. These real-world problems require practical applications of concepts, theories, principles, and process.

    The state of Alabama requires this end-of-course test for Algebra I and for English 10.

    ACT WorkKeys

    ACT WorkKeys is a job skills assessment system that helps employers select, hire, train, develop, and retain a high-performance workforce. This series of tests measures foundational and soft skills and offers specialized assessments to target institutional needs.

    As part of ACT's Work Readiness System, ACT WorkKeys has helped millions of people in high schools, colleges, professional associations, businesses, and government agencies build their skills to increase global competitiveness and develop successful career pathways.

    Successful completion of ACT WorkKeys assessments in Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, and Reading for Information can lead to earning ACT's National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC), a portable credential earned by more than 1 million people across the United States.

    Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT)

    • A shorter, preliminary version of SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test).
    • Students take in grades 10 and 11.
    • Measures students’ abilities in critical reading, mathematical reasoning, and writing.
    • Used to predict SAT scores.
    • Used to qualify 11th-grade students for the National Merit Competition.
    • Used to assist students in planning college selection.

    SAT – Scholastic Aptitude Test

    • Norm-referenced aptitude test taken in grade 12.
    • Compares individuals and groups with a national norming group.
    • Assesses critical reading, mathematical reasoning and writing abilities important for academic performance in college.
    • Used to compare student performance in similar schools/school systems (socio-economic, size, etc.).
    • Used to plan college selection.


    Advanced Placement Tests

    • Courses are offered at high school level that can be taken for college credit.
    • Test given at the end of the AP course to determine if college credit is earned.
    • A score of 3 or above earns college credit at most universities
    • Exams taken at Sylacauga High School:
      • AP English Lan
      • AP English Li
      • AP Chemistr
      • AP Biolog
      • AP Calculus AB
      • AP US Gov
      • AP US History 11
      • AP Psychology