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Standardized Testing Breakdown


Students will take part in a new system of assessments. With the exception of 12th graders, the new tests will not increase the number of tests or the amount of time spent testing. Specific information about each exam can be found below (alphabetical order):


Grade Levels

Exam Info


(60 min. to administer)

ELL students grades K-12 (begins 15-16 school year)

• Elements of CCSS embedded

• Screen & annual summary

• Computer adaptive

ACT Aspire

(250 min. to administer)

9th/10th graders

• Includes English, writing, math, reading and science assessments

• Provides a predicted ACT score for each subject & composite


(250 min. to administer)

11th graders (will now be administered at school)

• Includes administration options for students with special needs

ACT WorkKeys

(45 min/test)

12th graders

• Includes applied math, locating information & reading for information

Dynamic Learning MAPS

(Test length varies)

1% of students in grades 3-8 and 11

• Allows students with cognitive disabilities to show what they know in ways traditional tests can't.


(20-30 min. to administer)


• Useful for helping to identify students in need of additional help and as a source of formative data

Smarter Balanced

(5-7.5 hours over three weeks to administer, depending on grade)

3-8 (Administered throughout the last 12 weeks of the school year)

• Assesses English/ language arts and math

• Computer adaptive

• Measures achievement & growth

• Includes variety of question types

• Aligned to CCSS

Posted by kwatson on Monday March, 16, 2015 at 04:53PM


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District Calendar

    • TueFeb27 School Board Meeting 7:00 PM
    • TueMar13 School Board Meeting 7:00 PM
    • MonMar19 Advanced Learning Information Session 6:00 PMSHS Library

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