State Assessment Testing Window Begins April 4th

State Assessment Testing Window Begins April 4th
Posted on 04/03/2018

Beginning April 4th, the state assessment window will open at Triad and students in grades 3-8 will complete the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests and students in grade 9-11 will complete the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) assessments.  All Illinois public schools administer a state assessment in grades 3rd through 8th and one at the high school level (Juniors).  The PARCC, PSAT and SAT exams expose students to questions that require students to demonstrate a deeper understanding of what they know and of problem-solving skills using an online assessment.  These assessments are fully aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards (Common Core) in English language arts and mathematics. The standards emphasize academic rigor, critical thinking, problem-solving, and college/career readiness for all.  The PARCC test will be taken electronically (online) and the SAT is a paper-pencil assessment.

Testing will take place at Triad Middle School for 7th & 8th-grade students between Wednesday, April 4th thru Friday, April 6th and student in grades 3-6th will complete the assessment during the week of April 9th-13th.   Testing will be completed on April 10th at Triad High School with SAT Testing - Juniors, PSAT 10 Testing- Sophomores, PSAT 8/9 Testing – Freshman.  Students who miss any portion of the assessments will be assigned a make-up time within the testing window.

PARCC, PSAT and SAT are only one piece of the district’s assessment data.  No single test provides a complete picture of a student’s performance.  The district and teachers use other local and teacher-created assessments when making instructional decisions.  The state assessment does validate the teachers’ work and students’ learning relative to the Illinois Learning Standards (Common Core) in these subjects. These exams are also being used as one measure to track a school’s progress in relation to the IL School Report Card, reported in the fall of each year.

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has committed to providing a college entrance exam to all students in Illinois without cost to individual families, much like they formerly provided with the ACT. Though the SAT has traditionally been an exam that is used by universities on the East and West coasts, most schools in the nation will accept the SAT as a standard college entrance exam.

Please take the time to help your child be prepared for these assessments each day by making sure they get proper rest (at least 8 hrs.), eat breakfast (healthy and balanced), and remind them to stay calm and focused during the testing.

Thank you for supporting your child during our state assessment window!

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