SPECIAL EDITION Change to Graduation Requirements
Update to Graduation Requirements
David Legg Ed.D
IMPORTANT NEWS REGARDING THE NEW ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENT FOR HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION
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.
FOR THOSE CHOOSING TO TAKE THE SAT
Wednesday, Feb. 25th 2015 at 7:30am
Chugiak High School
FOR THOSE CHOOSING TO TAKE THE ACT
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: http://www.actstudent.org/college or http://www.act.org/path/parent
FOR THOSE CHOOSING TO TAKE THE WORKKEYS ASSESSMENT
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: http://www.act.org/workforce/careerseekers.html or http://www.act.org/path/parent/tests/workkeys.html
WorkKeys date still to be determined.
How do students decide which test to take?
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 http://www.princetonreview.com/sat-act.aspx
What is the difference between the ACT and SAT? http://www.actstudent.org/faq/actsat.html
How do students sign up for testing?
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 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.
PLEASE LOOK FOR PACKETS WHICH SHOULD COME HOME WITH YOUR JUNIOR
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.
Counseling and Guidance Website:
Please check out the new Counseling and Guidance webpage on the Anchorage School District website: www.asdk12.org/counseling. It contains information on financial aid resources, academics, testing, after high school, resources, forms, APS, NCAA and much more.