Alabama public school students will soon take new standardized tests that gauge academic performance
Students in the third through eighth grades will take the ACT Aspire test, which is made by the same company that produces the ACT college entrance exam. Testing begins April 28.
Alabama Superintendent Tommy Bice says an advantage of the test is that it will give a projection of the student's eventual score on the ACT college test. Alabama is using ACT testing products for all grades.
The tests align with the Common Core standards and will replace the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test and high school graduation exam.
Bice says schools will no longer have multiple days of testing and the tests can be completed in a few hours.