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Assessment

USD 232 Assessment Alignment

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FastBridge (Grades K-9)  FastBridge (Formative Assessment System for Teachers) is a suite of assessment progress monitoring tools in reading, math, and behavior designed to help educators screen, monitor student progress, and analyze skills in grades K-9. These screeners are administered three times a year; fall, winter, and spring.

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Kansas Assessment Program (KAP) (Grades 3-8, 10-11)  The Kansas Assessment Program, commonly referred to as the state assessment, includes a variety of tests aligned to Kansas’ content standards, which help educators and policymakers evaluate student learning and meet the requirements for federal and state accountability.  Students in grades 3 - 8, and 10 test in the spring on reading and math; students in grades 5, 8, and 11 test in the spring on science, and students in grades 4, 7, and 11 test each spring in social studies. 

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Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) (Grades 3-8, 10-11)  The DLM Alternate Assessment System assists students with significant cognitive disabilities in demonstrating what they know in ways that traditional multiple-choice tests cannot. The DLM system is designed to map a student’s learning throughout the year. The system will use items and tasks that are embedded in day-to-day instruction. In this way, testing happens as part of instruction, which both informs teaching and benefits students.  The subjects tested are English language arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.

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Pre-ACT (Grades 9-10)  PreACT simulates the ACT testing experience within a shorter test window on all four ACT test subjects: English, math, reading and science. Results predict future success on the ACT test, and provide both current achievement and projected future ACT test scores on the familiar 1-35 ACT score scale. Pre-ACT will be administered October 17, 2023.  Please contact your student's high school counselor for further information.

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ACT (Grade 11)  The ACT is a standardized test produced by ACT, Inc. Colleges and universities use students' scores on the ACT in the admissions process as a measure of college readiness, and, in some cases, for course placement purposes. ACT sets national test dates. Each spring, the state of Kansas funds and offers ACT testing free to all juniors.  ACT will be administered March 28, 2023.  Please contact your student's high school counselor for further information.

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WorkKeys (Grade 11)  ACT WorkKeys determines workplace skill assessments: (1) Applied Math – applying mathematical reasoning to work-related problems, (2) Workplace Documents – comprehending work-related reading materials such as memos, bulletins, policy manuals, and governmental regulations, and (3) Graphic Literacy – using information from sources such as diagrams, floor plans, tables, forms, graphs, and charts  ACT sets national test dates. The state of Kansas offers a state-funded opportunity for all juniors to take the WorkKeys test.  This is offered one time at no cost to the student.  WorkKeys will be administered November 2, 2023.  Please contact your student's high school counselor for further information.

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College Board PSAT/NMSQT (Grades 9-11)  The PSAT is the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test.  It measures critical reading, math problem solving skills, and writing skills.  The test is offered for 10th graders as a practice test and for 11th graders for consideration for the National Merit Program.  By taking the PSAT/National Merit exam, students can practice for the actual SAT college entrance exam, get information from colleges by participating in the Student Search Service, and enter scholarship programs.  You will also be able to use the College Board QuickStart program to access free resources and information about college and career planning. 

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Advanced Placement (AP) Assessments (Optional, High School)  Advanced Placement (AP) is a program created by the College Board which offers college-level curricula and examinations to high school students.  The AP curriculum for each of the various subjects is created for the College Board by a panel of experts and college-level educators in that field of study. For a high school course to have the AP designation, the course must be audited by the College Board to ascertain that it satisfies the AP curriculum. Students may opt to take the AP examinations for various courses in May. American colleges and universities often grant placement and course credit to students who obtain high scores on the examinations which are scored using a 1-5-point system.  AP Exam dates are set by the College Board.