Act To Make Alabama Teacher Test?

University Testing

ACT, the company known primarily for college admissions exams, may soon enter the teacher testing market. The company has partnered with Worldwide Interactive Network (WIN) to bid to produce and administer a new Alabama initial competency exam for classroom educators. Under a 1999 settlement of a long-standing racial discrimination lawsuit (see Examiner, Spring 1987 and Winter 1997-98), the state may resume entry-level testing which was suspended more than a decade ago.


To fulfill the Alabama contract, ACT proposes to adapt its Work Keys employment skills test to measure reading, writing and math competencies that the state wants all teachers to demonstrate. Work Keys has not previously been used for teacher licensing.


The assessment of classroom educators for licensing and certification is now dominated by the Educational Testing Service, which makes the PRAXIS series of exams administered across the country, and by National Evaluation Systems, which promotes state-specific "customized" products.