Scantron's Performance Series is a computer-adaptive, online assessment that offers educators an efficient, standards-based method to immediately diagnose student needs and inform placement and instructional strategy decisions. Performance Series has been utilized for these purposes by districts across the state of Alabama since school year 2011-2012. For 2017-2018, Alabama has adopted Performance Series as its interim state assessment for grades 3-8 for accountability, while planning for a state-owned summative assessment continues.
Performance Series assessments are aligned to Alabama's College- and Career-Ready standards, as well as to Common Core standards. The results show a student's scaled score and where that score falls in terms of grade-level achievement. The initial fall scaled score is used as a baseline for measuring growth, and growth targets for spring are immediately reported to the teacher and the student so they know how much the student needs to grow to stay on track.
The end-of-year report of Performance Series assessment results shows the student's spring scaled scores for reading, mathematics, and science (grades 5 and 7) and where those scores fall in terms of grade-level achievement, based on Alabama norms. The report also shows the growth, or learning gains, the student has made for those subjects. More importantly, the report identifies suggested learning objectives, which provides teachers, students, and parents with the specific skills and concepts—linked to Alabama standards—that should be worked on next.