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21st Century Skills   The cross-disciplinary skills necessary for success in the 21st century, such as critical-thinking, problem-solving, communication, creativity, and teamwork...  
Accountability   Policies that hold districts, schools, or students responsible for their performance. School and district accountability often means rating schools or...  
Accountability System   Each state sets academic standards for what every child should know and learn. Student academic achievement is measured for every child, every year. The...  
Accreditation   Accreditation is recognition of an educational institution for maintaining standards that qualify the graduates for admission to higher or more specialized...  
Achievement Gap   The difference between how well low-income and minority children perform on standardized tests as compared with their peers. For many years, low-income...  
Achievement Test   An achievement test is an assessment that measures a student's acquired knowledge and skills in one or more common content areas (for example, reading,...  
Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)  An individual state's measure of yearly progress toward achieving state academic standards. "Adequate Yearly Progress" is the minimum level of improvement...  
Adult Accountability Test   An assessment intended primarily for individuals 18 years old or older who are no longer attending elementary or secondary school....  
Adult Basic Learning Examination (ABLE)  The Adult Basic Learning Examination can be used to determine the educational level of a student enrolling in an ABE program. The test is produced by...  
Alternative Assessment   Alternative assessment is any type of assessment in which students create a response to a question or task.

Alternative assessments can include...  
Analytic Scoring   Analytic scoring is a scoring procedure in which a student's work is evaluated for selected traits or dimensions, with each dimension receiving a separate...  
Analytical Trait Scoring   A method for assigning a summary score to a product, performance, or work sample based on a prior analysis that defined the key traits, dimensions, or...  
Anecdotal Records   An anecdotal record is a detailed report created with writings based upon the feelings and understandings of the writer....  
Aptitude Test   An Aptitude Test is a test consisting of items selected and standardized so that the test predicts a person's future performance on tasks not obviously...  
Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)  The Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery is a series of tests developed by the Department of Defense in the 1960s. The battery consists of 10 individual...  
Articulation   The practice of aligning curriculum from one educational segment to another to encourage a seamless transition between courses, grades, and/or education...  
Assessment Profile   A reading profile is obtained by measuring a student's ability in several aspects of the reading process: alphabetics, fluency, vocabulary, and/or comprehension...  
Authentic Assessment   An assessment presenting tasks that reflect the kind of mastery demonstrated by experts. Authentic assessment of a student's ability to solve problems,...  
Basic English Skills Test (BEST)  The BEST is designed to test listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills of limited English proficient adults. For more information...  
Battery   A test battery is a set of several tests designed to be administered as a unit. Individual subject-area tests measure different areas of content and may...  
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