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Fall Testing Information for Parents
Although students are tested regularly throughout the year in their classrooms to determine what they are learning and where they need help, there are certain times of the year when students in some grade levels are scheduled to take state and nationally normed tests. More information will be provided by your child’s school, but following is a brief summary by grade level of upcoming tests and how parents can help.
Kindergarten & Students New to Grades 1 or 2
In mid-October, Parkway will administer the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test II (NNAT II) to all kindergarten students and students new to the district in first and second grades. Taking the NNAT, which is a nonverbal test of general ability, is fun for many children because the test is made up of items that may feel like a game or puzzle.
Starting September 8, students in grades 3-8 will take the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test, Eighth Edition (OSAT 8). Students in grades 6 and 7 will also take the Stanford Achievement Test, Tenth Edition (SAT 10).
The OLSAT 8 is designed to measure thinking and reasoning abilities most relevant to school achievement, such as a student’s performance on detecting likenesses and differences, following directions, classifying, establishing sequence, completing analogies and solving matrixes.
The SAT 10 is designed to assess curricular objectives in reading, mathematics, language arts, science and social science.
Beginning mid-September, students in grade 8 will be taking the EXPLORE assessment. EXPLORE, directly aligned with the American College Test (ACT), is designed to assess each student’s academic progress, serve as an early indicator of college readiness, assist students in selecting high school coursework that will prepare them for their academic and future career goals. The subject areas tested by EXPLORE include English, math, reading and science.
Beginning mid-September, students in grade 10 will be taking the PLAN assessment. PLAN, directly aligned with the American College Test (ACT), is designed to assess each student’s academic progress, serve as an early indicator of college readiness, assist students in selecting high school coursework that will prepare them for their academic academic and future career goals. The subject areas tested by PLAN include English, math, reading and science.
More Information for Parents
None of the tests described above require any advance study! The best way to prepare your child for them is to be sure he or she is rested, feeling well, not hungry or thirsty and not anxious.
Parents can also assist by avoiding absences for things like routine medical or dental checkups that could be scheduled during another time.
Test results are generally received in November or December, and information about individual student results will come from your child’s school.