Standardized tests are tools utilized to evaluate the students’ academic performance and the school’s academic standing statewide and nationwide. Our school administers a variety of grade level standardized tests to grades 1-11 during an academic year. The following is a preview of the standardized tests administered.
The Stanford 10 standardized test is used essentially in private schools. The test results provide information about the relative ranking of each student in reading, language, math, science, and social studies against a national sample of students.
Our school administers the Stanford 10 Test to grades 18 during the month of April. For reference purposes, the test results are kept in the student’s file folder and a copy is sent home for parents’ information and records.
Besides individual reports, grade level teachers are provided with a copy of the group analysis. The teachers allocate the necessary classroom time to address the shortcomings as illustrated in the group analysis reports.
UCLA Mathematics Diagnostics
The California State University/University of California Mathematics Diagnostic Project is used as a diagnostic tool to assess the 6th grade and 7th grade mathematics performance of the students. The two exams utilized are the Algebra Readiness and the Pre-algebra Readiness.
ACT and SAT-I
Besides being a measurement of academic performance for Junior- and Senior-class students, high school level standardized tests are also requirements for four-year college admissions process.
Examples of such standardized tests are ACT and SAT-I. Taking either ACT or SAT-I does serve this specific purpose. ACT being standards-based assessment tool and curriculum based measure of college readiness, is our choice for the 11th grade standardized test.
ACT multiple choice tests cover skill areas of English, mathematics, reading and science, as well as writing. The ACT components besides being subject area tests as mentioned above include high school course information, student profile, and career interest inventory.
ACT has established the ACT College Readiness Benchmark scores. A benchmark score is the minimum score needed on an ACT subject-area test to indicate a 50% chance of obtaining a B grade or higher or about a 75% chance of obtaining a C grade or higher, in the corresponding credit-bearing college courses, which include English composition, algebra, social science and biology. The school has adopted a policy that mandates all 11th grade students to take ACT in April. The score received in ACT in English constitutes 50% of the final exam grade in the 11th grade English course. The score received in ACT in mathematics constitutes 50% of the final exam grade in the 11th grade mathematics course.
SAT-II, known as subject tests are among the requirements for admission into certain four-year colleges. Examples are certain University of California campuses majors. It is recommended that students take the SAT-II test immediately after the completion of the corresponding subject course.
EXPLORE and PLAN
Another benefit of the ACT is that it has College & Career Readiness System that includes EXPLORE typically for 9th grade and PLAN for 10th grade. Both tests measure the same four skill areas as ACT: English, mathematics, reading, and science.
EXPLORE serves to identify the student’s areas of need for improvement early on in High School and help make timely interventions. Taking EXPLORE provides further benefits to the students including:
- identifying where they need extra help or additional coursework
- suggestions for improving their skills
- a look at how their scores compare to the ACT College Readiness Benchmark Scores
- the opportunity to begin exploring career areas that match their interests.
PLAN serves as a midpoint review of academic progress in High School. Assessing students’ academic strengths and areas of need at this time allows them to make timely coursework adjustments to get or stay on track in their educational goals.PLAN is also known as the Pre-ACT exam. Taking PLAN is an excellent way to prepare for the ACT.
Taking PLAN provides several benefits for our students including:
- an estimated ACT score
- a look at how their scores compare to ACT’s College Readiness Benchmark Scores
- the opportunity to identify career areas that match their interests
- the opportunity to connect to more information about colleges & financial aid
- identifies the areas they need extra help or additional courses
- identifies the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in college.