Assessment and Accountability
Our Accountability and Assessment department is designed to provide in-depth information about the performance of students, schools, districts and the state as a whole. We believe that when parents and the community have a better understanding about what is happening at the District, it makes it easier for all of us to work together to improve student performance, and cultivate a best practice approach.
Assessment and Accountability Director
Dr. Cathy McNeal
To request access to the Parent Portal, you should contact the school your child attends. Each school has a trained INOW point of contact that can assist with your request.
The school will assign your INOW username and password. Once you have your username and password, you can click on the link below to connect to the system.
The school will share written instructions on how to sign in, or you can download the quick reference guide:
If you had a Parent Portal username and password last year, it will be the same this year. This username and password will be the same as long as you are a custodial parent in this school system and will be good from school to school.
Office staff will be happy to assist you where your child attends school should you need a reminder of your username and/or password.
Quite a few of the schools have indicated that they will have information about Parent Portal at school functions like PTA meetings. Please contact your school to see if they will have something for Parent Portal at their next PTA meeting.
- Log on to INOW via the Parent Portal link above.
- Select "Demographic" under Student Information on the left menu.
- Select State ID Number.
Who needs to enroll?
- Students who will be attending a Huntsville City School for the first time*
- Students new to the district (they have recently moved into the district or previously attended a private school or home-school)
*Students who wish to attend one of our PreK programs must enroll through the district’s School Readiness Department. Details about our PreK programs, including FAQ, can be found on the School Readiness Department webpage.
Who does not need to enroll?
- Students currently attending a Huntsville City School who will be progressing to the next grade level at another school do not need to enroll at the new school. Information will be transferred automatically by the school your student is currently attending.
- Students currently attending a Huntsville City School who will be remaining do not need to re-enroll.
- Returning Student Registration 'snapcodes' will be made available each spring for students returning the following school year.
Step 1: Complete New Student Registration
NEW STUDENT REGISTRATION - NEW Kindergarten Registration and NEW Students
Step 2: Visit the Huntsville City School for which you are enrolling the student.
You will need to provide the following:
- Age Verification Documentation
- Parent/Guardian Photo ID
- Immunization Record
- Proof of Residence -
- The parent/guardian who owns/rents property shall provide two current valid documents as proof of residence (lease/deed/mortgage AND utility/cable/phone bill).
- Parents/guardians living with another person or family must complete the NEW Shared Residence Packet and provide ALL of the following:
- The owner/renter of the property shall provide two current valid documents as proofs of residence (lease/deed/mortgage AND utility/cable/phone bill).
- The parent/guardian must provide an official current document addressed to them at that address.
- The parent/guardian must complete the Student Residency Statement.
- Both parties must sign the affidavit provided for download below or from the school.
- The school must verify all documentation received by completing the Shared Residence Affidavit Checklist.
- A home visit by a school official is REQUIRED to verify residency.
- New Shared Residence Packet with Affidavit (Updated 5-19).pdf
Please see our Student Enrollment Reference Guide for a complete list of acceptable forms of documentation.
You may use the School Zone Locator tool to identify your student’s zoned school. The SchoolLocator in Powerschool Registration will select your zoned school based on the primary address you enter.
For technical support, visit our PowerSchool Community help center or click “Help” from any form page.
Step 3: Additional resources that may be helpful in assessing your enrollment needs:
- You can visit the HCS Magnet Programs webpage to find information regarding applying for a magnet program.
- You can visit the HCS Majority to Minority webpage to find information regarding applying for a majority to minority transfer.
- You can visit the Extended Learning webpage to find information regarding after school care.
Step 1: Complete Returning Student Registration - links for 2019-2020.
For technical support, visit our PowerSchool Community help center or click “Help” from any form page.
Step 2: If necessary, visit the Huntsville City School for which you are enrolling the student with documentation to support any changes made to the student information (example: change of address/proof of residence).
If you have questions regarding your student’s zoned school, please visit Find My School.
Access the Locator
School Zone Locator Help Guide Download With Images:
- Click on the "School Zone Locator" link above.
- You will be taken to another website and should see a map of Huntsville, Alabama, and the zone lines for all of the elementary schools in Huntsville City Schools.
- To search for the schools zoned for your address, place your mouse cursor over the blue "Tools" button.
- Select "Find My School." This will cause a window to appear on the right side of your screen.
- In that new window, please input your correct street address.
- Click the "Find" button. [Please note: you do not need to input any other information besides your street address].
- If you entered a valid Huntsville, Alabama address, you should see the three schools zoned for your address.
- If you received the "Address not found" message, please check to ensure that you used your correct street address. If you used the correct street address and still received this message, please contact Huntsville City Schools at (256) 428-6892.
The M2M transfer application must be submitted online.
* Note: You will need your child's Student State ID (SSID) in order to apply for an M2M transfer. Each child is assigned a Student State ID upon enrollment in school. This is not your child's social security number. You may obtain your child's Student State ID at your child's school.
Due to FERPA laws, the Student State ID may not be given over the telephone; it must be obtained in person with valid identification.
M2M Transfer Application Window is open from November 15, 2019 to January 15, 2020. After that, late M2M applications for transfer will be accepted until 11:59pm on July 15, 2020. Applications received during this time will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis after all students in the first lottery have been processed.
Huntsville City Schools has categorized all schools into four different categories depending on how much space is available to accept M2M transfers.
The four space availability categories are the following:
- High Availability Schools - Schools projected to have 30 seats or more for transfers.
- Medium Availability Schools - Schools projected to have between 15 and 29 seats for transfers.
- Low Availability Schools - Schools projected to have fewer than 15 seats for transfers.
- Limited/No Availability Schools - These are schools projected to have no space available or very limited space available. Selecting a school that is categorized as Limited/No Availablity will likely result in placement on the wait list, and there is only a small chance that these schools will accept transfers during the wait list period.
A summary of each school's availability to receive M2M transfers can be downloaded, viewed, or printed via the availability sheet below.
For additional help, please contact the Assessment and Accountability Department at 256-428-6892 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional assistance instructions can be found by downloading, viewing, or printing the Assistance Guide sheet below.
Developing and maintaining a safe and disciplined school environment requires accurate and complete information; however, schools and school systems around the nation vary widely in how they collect and track data on incidents of student violence and discipline. In Alabama, the School Incident Report (SIR) program was initiated to meet state and federal reporting needs of these violations. It was also designed to give local education agencies (LEAs) comprehensive access to as much information and data as possible
To access the SIR for Huntsville City Schools, please utilize the following link:
The Student Achievement Report is designed so parents, educators, stakeholders, and others can easily understand how their schools are doing, just as report cards help parents understand how their kids are doing. The goals are to provide a starting point, with easy-to understand and concise information showing how a school is doing, and to make sure that schools are accountable for explaining that to their communities.
To access the Student Achievment Report for Huntsville City Schools, please utilize the following link:
ACT WorkKeys is a job skills assessment system that helps employers select, hire, train, develop, and retain a high-performance workforce. This series of tests measures foundational and soft skills and offers specialized assessments to target institutional needs.
As part of ACT's Work Readiness System, ACT WorkKeys has helped millions of people in high schools, colleges, professional associations, businesses, and government agencies build their skills to increase global competitiveness and develop successful career pathways.
Successful completion of ACT WorkKeys assessments in Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, and Reading for Information can lead to earning ACT's National Career Readiness Certificate (ACT NCRC), an ACT WorkKeys assessments measure the cognitive and non-cognitive skills needed for success in the workforce. Students take the Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information, and Locating Information tests. Based on the scores attained on the three assessments, students may be eligible to earn a Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum Certificate.
Visit the ACT website for more information portable credential earned by more than 2.3 million people across the United States.
The ACT is the capstone of ACT College and Career Readiness Solutions, and it is aligned to Alabama's College and Career Readiness Standards. The ACT with Writing is administered to all Grade 11 students enrolled in Alabama public high schools. The ACT
- Is accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the United States;
- Has been approved for use in No Child Left Behind and Annual Yearly Progress accountability;
- Will enable school and district leaders to track student performance with aggregate and standards-based reporting past high school classes;
- Will be used as an instructional improvement program statewide to improve the college and career readiness of Alabama students;
- Will raise college awareness and exposure among all students, rather than just self-selected, college-bound students now that it is administered statewide; and
- Will provide user-friendly information about how ACT tests align with state standards.
- The ACT Individual High School Reports are excellent tools that can be used by counselors and teachers as they assist students in preparing for their futures. Educators will know the students' educational strengths and weaknesses, areas of need, college plans, and career interests. Teachers and administrators will use the ACT Profile Report in intervention, curriculum review, course planning, collaboration, and professional development.
- For more information, please visit the ACT website.
ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 is a secure large-scale English language proficiency assessment anchored in the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards and administered to students in Grades K-12 who have been identified as English language learners (ELs). It is given annually in Alabama and is used to monitor EL students' progress in acquiring academic English within the school context, as well as language associated with language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies across four domains of Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing
- Generates results that serve as a criterion to aid in determining when ELs have attained the language proficiency needed to participate meaningfully in content area classrooms without program support and on state academic content tests without accommodations.
- Provides information that can be used to enhance instruction and learning for ELs.
- Provides districts with information that will aid in evaluating the effectiveness of their English as a Second Language (ESL)/bilingual programs.
- Used as a criterion for determining when an EL student will exit from the ESL program. Exit criteria is a 4.8 composite score. Once this score is achieved, students will no longer receive ESL services and will be placed on monitoring status for two academic years.
- Provides data to study changes in performance over time.
This is a performance-based assessment developed specifically for English learners (ELs) in Grades 1-12 with significant cognitive disabilities.
- Student must be classified as an EL.
- Student must be identified as eligible for special education services as a student with a significant cognitive disability.
- Student must be participating in an alternate curriculum and in the Alabama Alternate Assessment (AAA).
- For more information, please visit the WIDA website.
The Alabama Alternate Assessment (AAA) is a criterion-referenced state assessment administered as an alternate to the general education state assessment. The AAA is administered to students with significant cognitive disabilities working on the Alabama Extended Standards in the areas of reading, English language arts, and mathematics in Grades 3-8 and 10 and science in Grades 5, 7, and 10.
The AAA is designed with four levels of complexity and three levels of assistance selected by the teacher based on the student's abilities to complete a task. During the school year, the teacher provides instruction on all extended standards for the subjects to be assessed according to the student's grade-level and collects pieces of evidence reflective of the student's performance. Three pieces of evidence per extended content standard are selected as the student's portfolio, and the evidence is scored using the AAA Rubric:
- Alignment to the extended standard;
- Complexity of the extended content standard;
- Level of assistance; and
- Mastery of content.
Scantron Performance Series Assessments have replaced the ACT Aspire as the Alabama State Department Examination for students in Grades 3-8. Huntsville City Schools students in Grades 3-12 take Scantron’s Performance Series Assessment in Math and Reading in the Fall and Spring (Grade 5 and 7 also take Science). Content is aligned to Alabama State standards and curriculum.
- Scantron Performance Series is a computer-adaptive diagnostic test administered online, so results can be accessed immediately.
- Test content and results are personalized to each student, helping teachers provide tailored instruction that meets students at their ability level.
- The administration of Scantron Assessments in the Fall and Spring allows educators to look at growth across the school year for each student in core content areas.
For more information about Scantron Performance Series Assessments, please visit the performance series website.