It is hard to believe that we have almost completed the first term of the 2016-2017 school year. Term 1 Academic Assessments will be held on Thursday, October 13th and Friday, October 14th. 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th hour exams will be held on Thursday, October 13th and 6th, 7th, and 8th hour exams will be held on Friday, October 14th. Term assessments are required. (See page 18 of student handbook, Academic Assessments.) Listed below are some test-support strategies for parents.
Preparing for Testing
· Note test dates on your home calendar; schedule appointments on non-testing days.
· Encourage your child to take responsibility for homework and class study.
· Help your child learn how to find information independently.
· Praise your child for work done well.
· Encourage your child to ask questions at home and in class.
· Get to know your child’s teachers.
· · Confer with teachers on a regular basis for progress reports.
· Gather available test preparation materials.
· Assure your child knows that you value a good education.
· See that your child is rested and eats breakfast.
· See that your child arrives at school on time and is relaxed.
· Encourage your child to do the best work possible.
· Do not send your child to school if illness is apparent.
· Do not remove your child from school on test days for appointments.
· Examine all test reports sent home.
· Determine areas of strengths and weaknesses.
· Praise your child’s testing strengths and make a plan to address identified weaknesses.
· See your child’s teacher, counselor, or principal if additional information is required.
LCHS is offering the 2015 PSAT/NMSQT test on Wednesday, October 14, 2015
The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a program cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). It's a
standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT. It also gives you a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools.
The PSAT/NMSQT measures critical reading skills, math problem-solving skills, and writing skills.
The most common reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT are to:
1. Receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. You can then focus your preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or
2. See how your performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to
3. Enter the competition for scholarships from NMSC (grade 11).
4. Help prepare for the SAT. You can become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact
directions you will see on the SAT.
5. Receive information from colleges when you check "yes" to Student Search Service.
-Posted by Jon Hill
Registration for the 2015-2016 school year will take place on Monday, August 3 and Tuesday, August 4. Registration will run both days from 8:00 a.m. until noon and from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Both parent and student should be in attendance.
If you cannot make it on August 3 or 4, there is a make-up date on Monday, August 20, from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Please note that registering on this date may result in a longer wait time.
If you cannot make it on August 3, 4, or 10 (the make-up-date) please call the high school to alert the Guidance Office and schedule an appointment. Parents and students that DO NOT come in at all will be dropped from his/her scheduled classes.
You must have TWO valid forms of proof of residency with both documents occurring within the past two months. An envelope is not sufficient; the proof must be the actually bill/papers (copies will not be accepted). Valid documentation to prove residency include: property tax bill, electricity/gas bill, water bill, cable bill, home/apartment rental agreement papers.****Please note, the following will NOT prove residency: driver's license, credit card bills, bank statements, or Illinois Department of Human Services medical/food assistant cards.
For more information, please visit: http://www.limestone.k12.il.us/lchscontent/district/registration.html
The testing window for the second portion of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment starts May 11th and ends May 14th, concluding Illinois' inaugural administration of this new state-of-the-art exam focused on real-world application and college and career readiness.
The PARCC assessment is divided into two parts that measure different kinds of knowledge and skills. Illinois students are now taking the second part, the End-of-Year (EOY) exam. The EOY consists of computer-based, multiple -choice questions and is given when about 90 percent of instruction is complete. State schools (LCHS included) administered the first part of the PARCC exam, the Performance-Based Assessment (PBA), back in March and early April. The PBA is longer than the EOY and is given when about 75 percent of instruction was completed and includes more extended tasks and writing exercises.
The PBA and EOY are two parts of the same test, which together require students to demonstrate critical thinking, reasoning and writing skills. The PBA and EOY will result in one score that will help educators and parents know how well each student is meeting the new and more rigorous Illinois Learning Standards in English language arts and math and their emphasis on mastering concepts and applying knowledge. The PARCC summative assessment measures whether or not students can demonstrate that they've met grade level standards in English language arts and math as the year comes to a close and if they can be deemed proficient in those content areas.
In late fall, families will have access to reports on the initial PARCC assessment results about student performance on each portion of the assessment. This year’s results are expected to take additional time to produce than previous state tests or future PARCC results because classroom teachers and higher education content experts from each state, including Illinois, must review the first year of student scores. These experts will then establish the appropriate score range used to set performance levels on a scale of one to five. These performance levels will show how well students are meeting grade level expectations and, ultimately, if they’re on track to meet “college and career ready,” standards. In subsequent years, those results will be available in a timelier manner to direct intervention and support as needed.
Earlier this spring, Illinois community college presidents agreed to use PARCC assessment results to determine a student’s readiness for college-level courses. This means students who earn certain scores can be placed directly into classes that earn credit toward their college degree without spending extra time and money on other placement exams or remedial courses.
Please contact the LCHS Guidance Office with any questions.
Mrs. Stephanie Decker