March 30, 2015
The new statewide student assessment, Alaska Measures of Progress, begins today for some Anchorage School District students. Students in grades 3-10 will take the computer-based AMP exam for language arts and math, replacing the Standards Based Assessment which was taken with a pencil and paper.
While this year’s testing window is five weeks long, students will only be testing for approximately 2.5 hours each day for two days during that time, based on their grade level and individual school schedule.
Because there are new state standards and a new state assessment in language arts and math, student test results will not be comparable to previous year’s results, which were based on the SBAs. The state has proposed results for the AMP assessment to be available in October.
The state’s science test, for students in grades 4, 8 and 10, remains the Standards Based Assessment this year. Students completed that test last week. Parents will receive notice when their child’s scores are posted electronically in Zangle ParentConnection.
Parents can learn more about the new AMP assessment online or by contacting their child’s school.