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SRI - Scholastic Reading Inventory


During the 2012-13 school year, your child will be completing the Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI), a classroom-based reading test. SRI is designed to evaluate students' reading abilities, monitor student progress and match students to books at appropriate reading levels.

In SRI, the student reads a series of short passages taken from fiction and nonfiction books and articles. After each passage the student completes a fill-in-the-blank sentence. The test is taken on a computer and lasts about 30 minutes. Test results are reported using a measurement called the Lexile. Think of the Lexile score as you would the reading from an outdoor thermometer. Just as you can use the temperature on a thermometer to decide what kind of jacket to wear, a Lexile score can be used to decide how difficult a book to read! 

The first SRI will be administered September 4th - 14th. Students will take the SRI again in January and April. 

Kindergarten
PAST
STAR Early Lit.
AIMSweb Early Lit.
Quarterly Writing Prompt
 
Seventh Grade
ISTEP+ (Lang Arts, Math)
Acuity Language
Acuity Math
 
First Grade
PAST
STAR Early Lit.
AIMSweb R-CBM
STAR Reading
Quarterly Writing Prompt
 
Eighth Grade
ISTEP+ (Lang Arts, Math)
Acuity Language
Acuity Math
 
Second Grade
STAR Early Lit.
AIMSweb R-CBM
STAR Reading
Quarterly Writing Prompt
 
Ninth Grade
Algebra I ECA
Biology I ECA
 
Third Grade
STAR Early Lit.
AIMSweb R-CBM
ISTEP+ (Lang Arts, Math)
Acuity Language
Acuity Math
Quarterly Writing Prompt
 
Tenth Grade
English 10 ECA
PSAT
 
Fourth Grade
STAR Reading
AIMSweb R-CBM
ISTEP+ (Lang Arts, Math)
Acuity Language
Acuity Math
Quarterly Writing Prompt
 
Eleventh Grade
PSAT
ASVAB
SAT
ACT
 
Fifth Grade
STAR Reading 
AIMSweb R-CBM
ISTEP+ (Lang Arts, Math)
Acuity Language
Acuity Math
Quarterly Writing Prompt
 
Twelveth Grade
SAT
ACT
Health Occupations ECA
 
Sixth Grade
ISTEP+ (Lang Arts, Math)
Acuity Language
Acuity Math
 
 
The SAT is a standardized test that colleges use to evaluate candidates. The test measures a student's ability to understand and process elements of mathematical and verbal reasoning. SAT scores are calculated based on a student's performance relative to other test-takers, and have proven to be an indicator of collegiate success.

The SAT consists of ten sections:
  • 3 writing sections—one 25 minute student-written essay, one 25 minute grammar section and one 10 minute grammar section
  • 3 math sections—two 25 minute sections and one 20 minute section
  • 3 critical reading sections—two 25 minute sections and one 20 minute section
  • 1 "experimental" section—an additional 25 minute section (unscored)
There are short breaks every hour.

Math Section


The math sections measure a student's ability to reason quantitatively, solve mathematical problems, and interpret data presented in graphical form. These sections focus on four areas of mathematics that are typically covered in the first three years of American high school education: Arithmetic, Algebra and Functions, Geometry, and Data Analysis. The Algebra section was recently expanded to include basic College Algebra. To test these skills, the SAT employs two different question types:

Multiple Choice

Grid-Ins

The multiple-choice questions carry a .25-point penalty for incorrect answers. The grid-in questions carry no penalty for wrong answers, because the likelihood of guessing the correct answer is negligible.

The format of the three sections is:
  • 25 minutes: 20 Multiple Choice questions
  • 25 minutes: 8 Multiple Choice questions followed by 10 Grid-ins.
  • 20 minutes: 16 Multiple Choice questions
Critical Reading Section


The Critical Reasoning section of the SAT measures a person's ability to understand and analyze written material. The questions carry a .25-point penalty for incorrect answers. The Critical Reading Section consists of two types of questions.

Reading Comprehension—this includes both long and short reading passages

Sentence Completion


The format of the three sections is:
  • 25 minutes: 8 Sentence Completion questions followed by 16 Reading Comprehension questions
  • 25 minutes: 5 Sentence Completion questions followed by 19 Reading Comprehension questions
  • 20 minutes: 6 Sentence Completion questions followed by 13 Reading Comprehension questions

Click HERE to go to the SAT registration page.

The ACT is a standardized test that colleges use to evaluate candidates. The ACT measures achievement related to high school curricula.The ACT (No Writing) consists of four multiple-choice tests: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science. The ACT Plus Writing includes the four multiple-choice tests and a Writing Test.


Test

 

 

Content

English

75 questions

45 minutes

Measures standard written English and rhetorical skills.

Mathematics

60 questions

60 minutes

Measures mathematical skills students have typically acquired in courses taken up to the beginning of grade 12.

Reading

40 questions

35 minutes

Measures reading comprehension.

Science

40 questions

35 minutes

Measures the interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem-solving skills required in the natural sciences.

Optional Writing Test

1 prompt

30 minutes

Measures writing skills emphasized in high school English classes and in entry-level college composition courses.



Click HERE to go to the ACT registration page.

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is a multiple choice test, administered by the [[United States Military Entrance Processing Command]], used to determine qualification for enlistment in the [[United States armed forces]]. It is often offered to American high school students when they are in the 10th, 11th and 12th grade, though anyone eligible for enlistment may take it.  All 11th grade students at West Central are asked to take this assessment.  It is useful for career exploration and planning.

The ASVAB was originally designed to predict future academic and occupational success in military occupations. Since its introduction in 1968, the ASVAB has been the subject of extensive research. Numerous validation studies indicate the ASVAB assesses academic ability and predicts success in a wide variety of occupations.

Several composite scores are formed from different combinations of ASVAB test scores. Three composites, or Career Exploration Scores, are provided specifically to help students engage in career exploration. These scores help students to get a good sense of their verbal, math, and science and technical skills compared to other students in the same grade. ASVAB results are reported to students and counselors on the ASVAB Summary Results sheet. This report shows grade-specific, gender-specific, and combined standard scores and score bands for all eight tests and three Career Exploration Scores. It also provides students with percentile-based interpretations of those scores. The ASVAB Summary Results sheet provides students with appropriate explanations of the scores, as well as suggestions for their use.