Testing Shifts for Students’ Benefit

Dear Families,

This year, we have made important changes to our students’ testing schedule.

In the past, students in grades 7-10 have participated in ASPIRE testing in November, using computer-administered tests.

Starting this year, we have moved to spring administration and paper testing.

We hope that this switch provides an academic advantage to your student.  First, by doing spring testing, your student is more likely to get accurate grade level data assessing their progress and projecting their score on the ACT. Second, the ACT is still administered on paper in a long, single-sitting environment.  We believe that providing your student with multiple attempts to practice in a similar setting will provide a distinct advantage over other students without those same experiences.

Thank you for your support in preparing your 7th and 8th grade students for the tests this week and the 9th and 10th graders for tests in the week of April 21.

As we make this switch, we are also working to make ASPIRE and ACT reports more meaningful and accessible to you and your student.  This year, for the first time, we will be offering a one hour parent and student information session for parents of 11th graders to help interpret their ACT scores and plan next steps before the start of next school year.  That session will be offered on Tuesday, April 30 in our library.  We hope to repeat the same session for students in grades 7 – 10 with respect to the ASPIRE, once we have a better sense of when student scores from spring administration are returned.

We continue to be dedicated to serving your students — even better, every year.

In the Light of Christ,

Mrs. Kristovic

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