Standardized testing is a 'necessary evil,' guidance chief says.
Wednesday, February 6
As part of her presentation on the Chatham High School class of 2012 to the Board of Education Monday, Director of School Counseling Julie Patterson also presented information on student performance on standardized tests. While many colleges are becoming standardized testing-optional, Patterson said it is still a “necessary evil.” She said offering the preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test, or PSAT, is important because it allows students to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. To qualify, students’ testing sections – critical reading, math and writing – are added together, and the sums are ranked to determine the nation’s highest scores. The top two to five percent scores are commended, and the top one percent in …
Exams will have pilot trial this year and issued to students in the 2014-15 school year.
Assistant Superintendent Karen Chase reported on changes coming to state-mandated standardized testing starting in 2014 during the Board of Education of the School District of the Chathams' meeting Monday. Currently, students in the Chathams are tested in grades 3 through 8 using the New Jerset Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJASK) and again in grade 11 with the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA). These tests measure language arts and math for regular and special education students. Results are measured at Partially Proficient (P.P.), Proficient (P) and Advanced Proficient (A.P.) With these two tests, the district can see individual student scores, district scores and the averages for District Factor Groups (DFGs) for given …