Good morning, Parents.
The statewide testing dates for the ACT and WorkKeys tests for juniors are Tuesday, February 28th (ACT) and Wednesday, March 1st (WorkKeys). The make-up dates for students who miss the initial tests are March 21st and 22nd respectively. We would also like parents to know that while we are having school as normal for the freshmen, sophomores, and seniors for the whole day, we plan to pull the juniors out of class for the testing each morning and then release them in the afternoon but continue school for the other grade levels for reasons explained below.
We hope that our juniors do not need much encouragement to work hard and do their best on these two tests because the results of these tests are very important to students. This is not just the statewide assessment, but it is also a real ACT test and the score counts for students just like any other ACT score. The higher students’ scores, the more opportunities they will have in terms of choices for colleges, technical schools or training programs; the more scholarship money that will be available to them; and the lower the likelihood they will have to take remedial coursework before entering the post high-school training program of their choice. Clearly, our students have a lot to gain personally by doing well on these two tests.
Because this is such an important test in terms of our students’ futures, we want to put them in the best possible position to do well. Obviously, the more motivated each student is to work hard on these challenging tests, the better their results will be individually. Most of our staff members have taken the ACT and know it is mentally exhausting. That is why we think it is not only reasonable, but wise, to allow the juniors to be released from school and have the afternoons off on these demanding testing days. We hope that will keep them fresh and sharp mentally to do well on each test, and we hope it will also be an encouragement to do their best in the testing process. Parents could also support success by making sure your student gets enough sleep and has a good breakfast.
If you have any questions about the ACT or WorkKeys testing process, please feel free to call me at (920) 564-2346 x4001.