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 …
Almost all members of the class of 2011 went to college.
Julie Patterson, the director of School Counseling at Chatham High School, gave her presentation on the class of 2011 to the Board of Education Monday. Of the 245 most recent graduates from the high school, Patterson said, 98 percent went into two- or four-year colleges. The remainder, a total of five students, went into technical schools or straight into employment. Of the 98 percent who went to colleges and universities, 92 percent chose to attend four-year institutions. Of the classes of 2010 and 2011, 68 percent stayed in the eastern U.S. for college but only 10 percent stayed in New Jersey. "We were thinking that number might increase somewhat. There are lots of perks for students to stay in our state, especially our top students, but…