Alabama School Board OKs New Test for Grades 3-8

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By Alabama News Network
By Jamie Langley

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The State Board of Education has approved a resolution making Alabama the first state in the nation to adopt a new standardized testing system aligned with the Common Core school standards.

 

The board voted 6-2 Thursday to have the ACT Aspire system take effect in August as the annual reading and math assessment for grades three through eight in public schools statewide.

 

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he assessment is from ACT Inc., which says it is fully aligned with the Common Core standards that some Republicans in the Legislature have been trying to repeal.

 

State Superintendent of Education Bice, who supports Common Core, said the new assessment aligns K-12 with the demands of colleges, business and industry and will allow state educators to better guide instruction.

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