District 127 Plans for New State Assessment Model

District 127 Plans for New State Assessment Model

By Ms. Tracey Landry, Director of Curriculum and Instruction

In July of 2016, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced that an SAT college entrance exam with an essay component will be funded by the state for 11th grade students.  In addition, the Partnership for College and Careers (PARCC) test will be will be eliminated at the high school level for 2016-2017.  To read a news release about this testing update, click HERE.    District 127 has been working for the past year to prepare teachers and staff for the transition to SAT, and offered sophomore students a practice SAT in the spring of last year in anticipation of this switch.  Last school year, D127 announced the plan outlined in the chart below for student participation in the SAT suite of assessments.  According to the College Board, “The new SAT has been designed to be an even more useful tool by focusing on the classroom skills and knowledge research shows are most essential for success in college.” A comparison between SAT and ACT is available HERE. The College Board teamed with Khan Academy to provide free SAT practice tests, individualized study recommendations, practice questions, video lessons, and instant feedback to check progress.  Practice is also available on the College Board App: Daily Practice SAT.  Students and parents wishing to learn more about the SAT suite of assessments are encouraged to review these resources.  In addition, students will gain SAT skill practice in English and Math courses during the school year.   Specific information regarding student participation in the assessments identified on the chart will be mailed from each school in the fall.

SAT Suite of Assessments 2016-2017 Schedule

Grade

Date

Test

8

Saturday, October 22, 2016

PSAT 8/9  high school placement test

9

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

PSAT 8/9

10

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

PSAT/NMSQT

11

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

PSAT/ NMSQT

11

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

SAT with writing

 

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