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District Goals for Accreditation

 

Students and teachers play an important role in helping the district become fully accredited. In order for the district to achieve College and Career Readiness points students must earn the following scores on national assessments:

 

 

Test Name

Target Score

ACT

22 or higher

SAT

990 - 1180

ASVAB

63 – 87

COMPASS

Reading Compass score of 82, a  writing score of 70, and/or a Math Compass score of 66

PLTW End of Course

6 or higher

TSA/IRC

Score Proficient (Passing Score Varies by Test)


NATIONAL ASSESSMENTS

 

The ASPIRE formerly PLAN/EXPLORE® program helps 7th-10th graders build a solid foundation for future academic and career success and provides information needed to address school districts' high-priority issues. It is a comprehensive guidance resource that helps students measure their current academic development, explore career/training options, and make plans for the remaining years of high school and post-graduation years.

There are two predictor tests for the ACT® are the EXPLORE® and the PLAN®.

ACT: The ACT® test assesses high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work.

The multiple-choice tests cover four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science.

The Writing Test, which is optional, measures skill in planning and writing a short essay.

Required for graduation and must be taken during or before the junior year.

PSAT: The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship (NMSC) Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a program cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for theSAT®. It also gives students a chance to enter National Merit Scholarship Corporation scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools.

The PSAT/NMSQT measures:

•       Critical reading skills

•       Math problem-solving skills

•       Writing skills

SAT: The SAT® is a nationally recognized college admission test that lets you show colleges what students know and how well they can apply that knowledge. It tests students’ knowledge of reading, writing and math — subjects that are taught every day in high school classrooms. Most students take the SAT during their junior or senior year of high school, and almost all colleges and universities use the SAT to make admission decisions. (www.collegeboard.com)

Technical Skills Attainment: The Perkins Act of 2006 (Perkins IV) requires 2S1 Technical Skill Attainment (TSA) to measure the percentage of Career and Technical Education (CTE) concentrators who pass a skill assessment aligned with industry-recognized standards, if available and appropriate.

TSA is intended to be taken after a student becomes a concentrator and completes a program. It is not intended to be taken after every course. Eventually, all concentrators who complete a program will be expected to take a technical skill assessment. The various assessments available can be obtained from http://dese.mo.gov/divcareered/perkins_iv_tsa.htmACT Test Dates

The ASVAB: test is the most widely used multiple-aptitude test battery in the world. The ASVAB tests in eight different areas. The test has proven to be a good measure of how students have developed both academic and occupational skills.  It also measures aptitudes that are related to success in different jobs as well as training and education programs. For study materials go to http://www.test-guide.com/free-asvab-practice-test.html

The COMPASS: computer-adaptive college placement test helps educators quickly evaluate your skill levels in reading, writing and math. The test results identify problems in major subject areas before they disrupt your educational progress, giving you the opportunity to prepare more effectively for needed courses. You and your academic advisor or counselor will use your COMPASS scores to determine the courses you may take and prepare a course of study that will be appropriate, relevant and meaningful for you. For study materials go to http://www.act.org/compass/sample/ 

 

 


Students will be supported by the district with paying for the ACT exam for the October assessment if they do not qualify for a waiver.

Test Date

Registration Deadline

(Late Fee Required)

 

Location

September 21, 2013

August 23, 2013

August 24–September 6, 2013

Various

October 26, 2013

September 27, 2013

September 28–October 11, 2013

Jennings Senior High

December 14, 2013

November 8, 2013

November 9–22, 2013

Jennings Senior High

February 8, 2014*

January 10, 2014

January 11–24, 2014

Jennings Senior High

April 12, 2014

March 7, 2014

March 8–21, 2014

Jennings Senior High

June 14, 2014

May 9, 2014

May 10–23, 2014

Jennings Senior High

 

TESTING PREPARATION

 

ACT's Preparing for the ACT- This booklet has important information on preparing and taking the ACT and it includes a full length practice test. 

 

 ACT also has a "Practice Questions" site.  Click on this link, "Practice Questions".   

 

College Board offers free SAT Test Prep on their site--Question of the Day, Sample Practice Questions, and a full length free practice test.  Visit their website at "SAT Practice". 

 

 4Tests.com--offers free practice tests:  ACT, AP, SAT, GED, and the ASVAB. 

 

Number2.com--"Number2.com's online test preparation courses are totally free! By creating an account you can access a customized course that includes user-friendly tutorials, practice sessions that dynamically adapt to each student's ability level, a vocabulary builder, and much more." 

 

E2020 ACT Test Prep--contact your high school counselor or E2020 Credit Recovery Teacher.  JSD offers this service free to students.  You can have access to E2020 ACT Test Prep during the school day or after school at home. 

 

 

TESTS AND TEST PREPARATION

uniontestprep.com

www.collegeboard.com

www.march2success.com

www.act.org

www.toefl.org

www.ets.org

www.kaplan.com

www.review.com


 

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