ACCESS for ELLs
K-12 Identified English Learners (NEP, LEP) take this exam each January. This assessment will allow educators, students, and families to monitor students’ progress in acquiring academic English in the domains of speaking, listening, reading, and writing and will be aligned with the WIDA English Language Development (ELD) Standards.
All students in grades 1-8 will take the Science MAP exam. Teachers will notify their classes of their specific testing dates. Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments are unique in that they are adaptive tests your child will take on a computer. This means that the test becomes more difficult the more questions your child answers correctly. If your child incorrectly answers a question, the test becomes easier. Therefore, your child will be taking a test specifically created for his or her learning level. Data collected from these assessments will be used to measure individual student growth. Class placement decisions will be made based on this data so it is vital that students do their best in order to be assigned to the correct classes. For more information please click here for more information about the MAP test.
The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) appraises the cognitive development of students and measures students’ learned reasoning abilities. It is used as a universal screen in grade 5, and via referral testing in grades K, 1, 2, & 4 to help determine a need for early intervention and programming needs. This assessment is one piece of a body of evidence in the identification process for Gifted and Talented programming.
College Preparation Exams
The American College Testing exam (ACT) is an exam taken by students for college admission, typically during the junior year of high school. The ACT has four subtests: English, Math, Reading, and Science Reasoning. The Writing test is optional, but most colleges want to see a Writing score so you are well advised to take a test with Writing at least once. Visit http://www.actstudent.org/
to prepare for the test. This exam will not be offered at STEM, but you can sign up for one of the national testing dates. (Click here for more information about the ACT
Advanced Placement (AP) Exams
STEM offers several AP courses to high school students. Those who take these courses are required to take the AP test in the specific content area to receive potential college credit. AP Exam dates are determined by College Board and are held in May each year. (Click here for more information about AP Exams)
All STEM 11th grade students will take the PSAT/NMSQT (not the PSAT 10) in October. Information bulletins and preparation materials will be sent home with students prior to Fall Break. The PSAT is the “practice” SAT test which is also used by the College Board during a student’s junior year as a qualifier for the National Merit Scholarship Program. STEM 10th graders will also take the PSAT10 in April as mandated by the State. (Click here for more information about the PSAT)
PSAT score reports All juniors who take this test in October are notified in January that they can access their scores online through their College Board accounts. In late January/early February, students are invited to attend optional PSAT information sessions (PPT attached below) where paper score reports and test booklets are distributed and reviewed. Paper score reports and test booklets are distributed during class registration meetings to students who do not attend the information sessions.
SAT Subject Tests