• 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

    AP

    3 or higher

    IB

    4 or higher

    ACT

    22 or higher

    SAT

    990 - 1600

    ASVAB

    63 – 99

    PLTW End of Course

     6 or Higher

     TSA/IRC              

     Score Proficient (passing Scores Varies by Test)

     
       


    NATIONAL ASSESSMENTS

     

    AP Exams are rigorous, multiple-component tests that are administered at high schools each May. High school students can earn college credit, placement, or both for qualifying AP Exam scores. https://professionals.collegeboard.com/testing/ap

    The International Baccalaureate® (IB) assesses student work as direct evidence of achievement against the stated goals of the Diploma Programme (DP) courses. DP assessment procedures measure the extent to which students have mastered advanced academic skills. Student results are determined by performance against set standards, not by each student's position in the overall rank order. http://www.ibo.org/programmes/diploma-programme/assessment-and-exams/

    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. Test given to all juniors in the state of Missouri

    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

     

    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)

     

    SLPS Test Location

    September 14, 2019

    August 16, 2019

    August 17–30, 2019

    Gateway STEM High School (203510) 

    October 26, 2019

    September 20, 2019

    September 21–

    October 4, 2019

    Gateway STEM High School (203510) 

    Vashon High School (215250)

    December 14, 2019

    November 8, 2019

    November 9–22, 2019

    Gateway STEM High School (203510)  Vashon High School (215250)   

    February 8, 2020

    January 10, 2020

    January 11–17, 2020

    Gateway STEM High School (203510)
    Vashon High School (215250)   

    April 4, 2020

    February 28, 2020

    February 29-

    March 13, 2020

    Gateway STEM High School (203510)        
    Vashon High School (215250) 

    June 13, 2020

    May 8, 2020

    May 9–22, 2020

    Gateway STEM High School (203510) 
    Vashon High School (215250)

     

    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 Academy- offers free and personalized ACT preparation and practice. Click on this link, "ACT Academy". 

     

     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