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Assessments

At the foundation of our tradition of excellence are the high standards and expectations that we have for students. These expectations are based upon the belief that all students will succeed and that all students will be pushed to their personal best. Students will learn content that will be relevant to their future goals, whether it be post-secondary education or the workforce.

The Principles Behind Assessment Redesign - SAT

The redesigned assessment system focuses on a deeper understanding of the few things shown by current research to matter most for college readiness and success. Instead of requiring a wide but shallow understanding of many concepts, the redesigned assessments clearly and transparently focus on key concepts and require the analytic, interpretive skills practiced in the best K–12 course work today. The assessment redesign centers on these key changes:
  • Words in context. Students engage in close reading to interpret the meanings of relevant vocabulary words.
  • Command of evidence. Students are asked to interpret, synthesize, and use evidence found in a wide range of sources; support their chosen answers; and integrate information from passages and informational graphics.
  • Essay analyzing a source. Students taking the SAT with Essay read a passage and explain how the author builds an argument to persuade an audience.
  • Math that matters most. Students encounter questions that focus on Problem Solving and Data Analysis, mastery of linear equations (Heart of Algebra), and familiarity with more complex equations (Passport to Advanced Math).
  • Problems grounded in real-world contexts. Questions directly relate to college and career work with charts, graphs, and passages from science, social science, and other majors and careers.
  • Analysis in science and in history/social studies. Students apply their reading, writing, language, and math skills to solve problems in a broad array of contexts.
  • U.S. founding documents and the great global conversation with either an excerpt from one of the U.S. founding documents or a text from the ongoing global conversationabout freedom, justice, and human dignity
  • No penalty for guessing. Students will earn one point for each correct answer.
 
Above information from CollegeBoard, September 2015

SAT - Test Content and Testing Times

In addition to the testing times listed below, you should expect to spend between 30 and 50 minutes on administrative tasks (distributing/collecting materials and filling in personal information on the answer sheets).

Actual testing time for the SAT with Essay is 3 hours and 50 minues, plus 17 minutes for breaks.

Note: The Math test has two portions: Math Test - No Calculator, and Math Test - Calculator.

Test Content

Test Makeup

Test Time

Reading

52 questions/tasks

65 minutes

Writing and Language

44 questions/tasks

35 minutes

Math Test - No Calculator

20 questions/tasks

25 minutes

Math Test - Calculator

38 questions/tasks

55 minutes

SAT Essay

1 question/task

50 minutes

 
i-Ready
 
i-Ready is a suite of educational software made to assess a student's ability level, suggest instructional plans for teachers, and provides ability-level lessons for individual students.  i-Ready uses Adaptive Assessments that leverage advanced technology to provide a customized evaluation of each student, tracking their growth and performance consistently and continuously over the student's entire K-8 career.  The diagnostic adapts to each student identifying why the student is struggling or excelling, and provides teacher-led instruction targeted to each student's unique needs.
 
 
WorkKeys® Job Skills Assessment

WorkKeys® assessments give students and workers reliable, relevant information about their workplace skill levels. Combined with information about skill levels required for jobs, assessments information can help users make better career and educational decisions.

For more information, go to http://www.act.org/workkeys/.