SPECIAL EDITION Change to Graduation Requirements

Update to Graduation Requirements

The requirement that students pass the High School Graduation Qualifying Exam has recently been repealed. Students, in their junior year are now required to take either a College Readiness Assessment such as the SAT or ACT; or they can choose to take the Work Keys (Career-Readiness Exam). It is important to note that this is a graduation requirement! The good news is that because this is now a graduation requirement, there is no cost to the student. This newsletter is specifically aimed at providing parents and students with timely information regarding these assessments. The curriculum department and counseling staff has prepared this edition of the newsletter as well as information that will be sent home which outlines actions and timelines for consideration when determining which assessment your students elect to take. Please be on the lookout for this information.

David Legg Ed.D



From Denise Edwards - Curriculum Principal

Parents of juniors please watch for CCRA Packet with parent permission slip that will be coming home with your student this week. Students will be receiving these packets from their counselors in their junior English classes. Students need to return their CCRA Permission slip to their English teacher on or before October 1st. These permission slips must be returned in order to register your student for their selected test.

What will CCRA testing look like for ASD students

The Anchorage School District will be offering all three assessments at all high schools. Since the assessments must occur during the school day on designated dates chosen by the State of Alaska, schools will be administering these tests as outlined below for the 2014-2015 school year.


Wednesday, Feb. 25th 2015 at 7:30am

Chugiak High School

SAT: This test is a national college admissions exam, accepted by most all colleges and universities. The test consists of 3 separately scored sections of Mathematics, Critical Reading, and Writing. Each section is scored in the range of 200-800. The sections of the test are shorter and rotate between the 3 topics. Trigonometry is not covered on the mathematics test. A mathematics formula table is available. For more info: or


Tuesday, March 3rd 2015 at 7:30am

Chugiak High School

ACT: This test is a national college admissions exam, accepted by most all colleges and universities. The test consists of 4 sections, English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science for a combined composite score from 1-36. The fifth section, Writing, consists of one 30 minute prompt, and is scored separately. The mathematics level of questions covers through trigonometry. No math formula table allowed. For more info: or


WorkKeys: This is a job skills assessment system that helps employers select skilled employees. The test is not used for college entrance. There are 3 sections of this test, Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, and Reading for Information. Each section is scored separately in a range from 1-7. The three scores will determine the level of certificate the student receives; Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum. Some employers may request a WorkKeys certificate when applying for jobs. For more info: or

WorkKeys date still to be determined.

How do students decide which test to take?

School staff will work with students and families to provide information and guidance surrounding each test to assist students in making the choice that best fits them.

Counselor presentation to classrooms

This week counselors presented testing info to junior English classes, along with important information for planning for their future. To view the presentation, click Junior Fall Presentation. If you have additional questions, please contact your student’s counselor.

Some helpful resources:

Princeton Review ACT/SAT Comparison


What is the difference between the ACT and SAT?

How do students sign up for testing?

In September and early October, students will identify their test of choice directly with the school.

In early winter, students will register for their test of choice directly with the vendor. This will allow students the opportunity to choose the post-secondary institutions they wish to send their scores to and will also ensure a score report is sent to the district and to the students themselves.

What if a student has a scheduling conflict with the date the test is offered?

The State of Alaska has provided a voucher system accessible only to students who will Not be available for the in-school testing days due to scheduling conflicts.

The vouchers apply to one Saturday testing date for SAT and ACT as outlined here:

SAT: Saturday, January 24, 2015

ACT: Saturday, February 7, 2015

The same sign-up and registration method used for in-school testing will be used for the voucher dates.


Juniors will receive packets from their counselors this week.

PSAT/NMSQT Information

PSAT/NMSQT: This is the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The test is a similar format to the SAT test and will provide students with online tools to prepare for the SAT, including a full online test to practice on their own. Juniors, with exceptional scores, will possibly qualify for the National Merit Scholarship competition. The test will be given at CHS on 10/18/14. The cost is $20, payable through Parent Connect Zangle or to the Financial Data Clerk, Mrs. Prince. No other form of registration is required. Students report at 8am and should be finished between 11:30 and noon.

Look for more information and further updates in our October Newsletter

Counseling and Guidance Website:

Please check out the new Counseling and Guidance webpage on the Anchorage School District website: It contains information on financial aid resources, academics, testing, after high school, resources, forms, APS, NCAA and much more.

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