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Testing to begin next month

Selma and Dallas County Schools students will take student assessment tests during the spring semester.

Tests begin in early February and are administered throughout the semester until early May.

Dallas County Schools testing coordinator Vickie Poe said there would be tutorials for the students prior to testing. She said she did not know if after-school study sessions would be available for students.

These tests include the Alabama High School Graduation Exam and the Stanford Achievement Test.

Students must pass each part of the AHSGE, which includes reading, language, mathematics, science and social studies. The AHSGE will take place March 6-13 across the state.

Students begin taking the AHSGE in 10th grade, and they have six opportunities to pass each section.

The Stanford Achievement Test is designed to help teachers evaluate students’ progress toward meeting the requirements of No Child Left Behind. The multiple-choice test is available in 13 levels that correspond with each grade.

Selma City Schools Superintendent Dr. Austin Obasohan said along with offering one-on-one mentoring, students could also use computer software at the YMCA of Selma-Dallas County that is designed to improve test scores.

“What we’re trying to teach our students is test taking skills,” Obasohan said. “We really need to develop test taking skills.”

Test Date Schedules for info. chart

Dallas County Schools

ACCESS-Feb. 9-20, 2009

Alabama Direct Assessment of Writing: Grade Five-Feb. 24, 2009

Alabama Direct Assessment of Writing: Grade Seven-Feb. 24, 2009

Alabama Direct Assessment of Writing: Grade Ten-Feb. 24, 2009

Alabama High School Graduation Exam-March 6-13, 2009

Alabama Alternate Assessment-March 9-13, 2009

Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test-March 30-April 3, 2009

Stanford Achievement Test, Tenth Edition-April 6-10, 2009

Alabama Science Assessment: Grade Five-April 14, 2009

Alabama Science Assessment: Grade Seven- April 14, 2009

DIBELS-April 27-May 8, 2009

Selma City Schools

SAT Testing-January 24, 2009

ACT Testing-Feb. 7, 2009

Alabama Direct Assessment of Writing: Grade Five-Feb. 19, 2009

Alabama Direct Assessment of Writing: Grade Seven-Feb. 19, 2009

Alabama Direct Assessment of Writing: Grade Ten-Feb. 19, 2009

ACCESS-Feb. 24-26, 2009

National Assessment of Educational Progress-Dates to be determined

Alabama High School Graduation Exam-March 6-13, 2009

Alabama Alternate Assessment-March 9-27, 2009

SAT Testing-March 14, 2009

Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test-March 31-April 1, 2009

SAT 10/OLSAT (Stanford Achievement Test)

ACT Testing- April 4, 2009

Alabama Science Assessment: Grade Five-April 8, 2009

Alabama Science Assessment: Grade Seven- April 8, 2009

DIBELS-April 27-May 1, 2009

SAT Testing-May 2, 2009

SAT Testing-June 6, 2009

ACT Testing-June 13, 2009