Testing in 8th gr, 10-11th grades benefits students, teachers, administrators

Wednesday, October 15, eighth, tenth, and eleventh grade students in Friendswood ISD will be taking important tests that benefit themselves, their teachers and administrators.

Eighth grade students will be taking ReadiStep. This test can help them and their parents understand which skills need work at this time. Eighth grade is a time when students begin to make the transition to the high school. These students can also use their scores to see how their skill levels compare to other schools nationally.

All who take the test have free accessibility to MyRoad, an online college and career planning tool that provides career exploration opportunities for their futures.

Teachers are provided detailed feedback on student performance. Teachers can see how each student is performing in key areas of academic levels. This information can help them plan and develop curriculum to improve outcomes in learning for their students.

For administrators, ReadiStep can provide analyses of student skills and gaps, if any, as well as allow them to see who is ready for more rigor and who will need more support for high school transition.

The test itself has three multiple choice sections, reading, writing and math. Testing time is two hours allowing 40 minutes per section. Like PSAT/NMSQT and SAT that high school students take, ReadiStep now offers a College Readiness Benchmark, a quick indicator of students’ academic preparedness. Students who meet or exceed the Benchmark are considered to be on track for college success, while students scoring below the benchmark may need additional support as they transition to high school.

At Friendswood High School, tenth and eleventh graders, along with a few freshmen, will take the PSAT/NMSQT (Pre-SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test)

The SAT and SAT Subject Tests are designed to assess academic readiness for college. These exams provide a path to opportunities, financial support, and scholarships, in a way that’s fair to all students. The SAT and SAT Subject Tests keep pace with what colleges are looking for today, measuring the skills required for success in the 21st century.

So why take the PSAT? This test can offer National Merit Scholarship opportunities as well as recognition and recommendations sent to colleges across the nation. There are many benefits for students and teachers when this test is taken.

The PSAT/NMSQT helps educators at every level promote college readiness. It is a standardized test cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Benefits of the PSAT/NMSQT include college readiness and college access.

The PSAT/NMSQT assesses reading, writing skills and math. It provides excellent practice for the SAT and connects students to scholarships and personalized online tools. Students in 11th grade may be eligible for the National Merit Scholarship program and other programs that use PSAT/NMSQT scores.

The PSAT/NMSQT and the SAT have the same format and evaluate the same skills. Based on the results of the test, PSAT/NMSQT students also get a custom SAT study plan. The test takers can see strengths and weaknesses from the feedback they will receive with test results. Should they not be ready for college, they will receive online tools that will help.

This data can tell students and teachers how likely students are to succeed in AP courses and on AP Exams.

To assist with college selection, students get free access to My College QuickStartTM. Features include an interactive score report, a personality test, major and career suggestions, and a starter list of colleges.

Students who opt in on test day receive free information about admission and financial aid from colleges, universities, and scholarship programs that are interested in them. This will help colleges find them.

Schools, districts, and states can use PSAT/NMSQT data to improve student outcomes at every level. Teachers and administrators receive performance data designed to help identify skill gaps and improve school performance by students.

Students who take the PSAT/NMSQT in 10th grade or lower benefit from early feedback on their skills. Students can look at their percentiles to see how well their scores compare to the scores of 10th grade test-takers. Schools that test students at an earlier age have more time to act on PSAT/NMSQT data.

According to PSAT and SAT online information, taking the PSAT/NMSQT again, in 11th grade, gives students a fresh skills assessment and a measure of their progress, as well as the chance to compete for scholarships. College Board’s research shows that students in U.S. schools who take the PSAT/NMSQT in 10th and 11th grades score, on average, 189 points higher on the SAT than students who do not.

The SAT and other College Board tests are offered several times a year. Most students take the SAT for the first time during the spring of their junior year and a second time during the fall of their senior year. The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test. Taking the PSAT shows students and educators how they can best prepare for success in taking the SAT and other College Board tests.

Here are the links to PSAT and ReadiStep parent information.