Assessment

JULIE HUBBARD
Director of Curriculum and Assessment

ASSESSMENT

Pendleton County Schools ensure students are achieving at high levels by using both formative and summative assessments to collect student data.  This data is used to make instructional decisions based on student needs.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why give state tests?

State tests, such as the K-PREP tests, are given to measure how well students have learned content based on academic standards. EXPLORE, PLAN and ACT tests show whether students are on course to graduate college-ready. Results from these tests are used to determine where students may need help or accelerated learning opportunities and are also are used for school and district accountability.

When are state tests given?

PLAN and EXPLORE tests are given in September. The ACT is administered to all juniors in March.

End-of-Course exams are given when coursework is completed in the tested subjects. K-PREP tests are administered in the last 14 days of the school year, which means they may be given at different times in different districts. On-demand writing assessments are administered in the spring of the year for all grade levels.

When will results be available?

Test results will be available near the beginning of the next school year and reported to parents. Parents will receive an individual report on the achievement of their child compared to school, state and national results, including information that identifies strengths and academic deficiencies. Because the standards on which some tests are based are more rigorous than in the past (to ensure students are competitive), scores may decline in the short term but should show improvement as teachers and students become more comfortable with the standards.

In what grades are state tests given?

Are students tested on writing?

Yes, Writing is tested in grades 5, 6, 8, 10 and 11. Writing portfolios may be used as instructional tools, but are no longer mandated as part of the accountability system.

 

Tips for Test Success

Know when tests are scheduled and keep up with results.

 Don’t schedule appointments, trips or other interruptions during testing.

Encourage your child to review beforehand and do his/her best on testing day.

Remind your child of the importance of reading directions carefully and notrushing through a test.

Review results with your child. Praise success and talk about what can be done for areas in need of improvement

Remind your child about the importance of test scores now and the impact they can have on his or her future.