ACT - American College Testing

Grades: 
11-12

The ACT is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. It is a multiple-choice, pencil-and-paper test administered by ACT, Inc.

The purpose of the ACT test is to measure a high school student's readiness for college, and provide colleges with one common data point that can be used to compare all applicants. College admissions officers will review standardized test scores alongside your high school GPA, the classes you took in high school, letters of recommendation from teachers or mentors, extracurricular activities, admissions interviews, and personal essays. How important ACT scores are in the college application process varies from school to school.

Test Dates and Registration Deadlines

Test preparation:

AIMSweb

Grades: 
K-3

Overview  

aimsweb®Plus screens and monitors the reading and math skills of PreK–12 students. With its robust set of standards-aligned measures, aimswebPlus is proven to uncover learning gaps quickly, identify at-risk students, and assess individual and classroom growth. aimswebPlus also has add-on screeners for behavior and dyslexia for a comprehensive, all in one system.

AK STAR - Alaska System of Academic Readiness

Grades: 
3-9

Information 2021-22

Will the summative assessment be adaptive in the same way as the interim MAP Growth assessment?

The summative assessment administered in spring 2022 will be a fixed form.  In subsequent years the plan is to provide an adaptive assessment. Whether it will be adaptive in the same way as MAP Growth is still under development. AK Star will be MAP Growth in the fall and winter and an end-of-year summative test in the spring. For summative scores to be determined, a standard setting and alignment process must occur after the first year of a summative assessment administration. Standard setting will occur during summer 2022 and summative results will be available in late summer. Spring 2022 summative data is not comparable to PEAKS results from prior years. However, the summative data will be used for school designation in similar ways to past accountability data. More information on how this will impact designation will be provided as details are clarified.

Will parents who educate their children at home have access to the NWEA Professional Learning Trainings throughout the year?

In accordance with state policy, DEED will work with NWEA to provide homeschool families with the necessary resources for MAP Growth administration and instructional supports.

AK STAR will be used for Science grades 5 and 8 and grades 3-9 for English Language Arts and Math
  • Mat-Su Central Letter to Parents
  • Testing begins March 28
  • For scheduling questions contact Gina Hutchens 352-7462 or gina.hutchens@matsuk12.us
  • For students with accommodations please contact Jennifer Gardner 352-7490 or jennifer.gardner@matsuk12.us
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MAP - Measure of Academic Progress

Grades: 
3-9

MAP is an assessment tool that helps parents view their student’s progress and compare their scores to others around the country and in the district in their same grade.  Not only does MAP provide basic information, it also has a lot of instructional information and suggestions for families and advisors.  Lastly, there are many other resources that utilize MAP’s scoring guides to help create specific units of study for students in different areas.

The goal of this area is to help parents know what some of those resources are and how to access them once your student has taken the MAP assessment.

Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) creates a personalized assessment experience by adapting to each student’s learning level—precisely measuring student progress and growth for each individual.

Information and Resources 2021-22
For test results see advisor

LEXILE

PSAT

Grades: 
10-11

The Preliminary SAT, also known as the PSAT/NMSQT® (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test), is a practice version of the SAT exam. You can only take the PSAT once per year, and many students take the test in both 10th and 11th grade. If you earn a high score on the PSAT your junior year, you could qualify to receive a National Merit Scholarship—$180 million dollars in merit scholarships are awarded to students each year. The PSAT is 2 hours and 45 minutes long and tests your skills in reading, writing, and math. Unlike the SAT, the highest score possible on the PSAT is 1520.

February 26, 2022 in the next Primary PSAT day. Mat Su Central will accept registration for sophomores and juniors for this test in the Fall.


Practice tests

SAT - Students Academic Skills

Grades: 
11-12

The SAT is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. The SAT is a multiple-choice, pencil-and-paper test created and administered by the College Board.

The purpose of the SAT is to measure a high school student's readiness for college, and provide colleges with one common data point that can be used to compare all applicants. College admissions officers will review standardized test scores alongside your high school GPA, the classes you took in high school, letters of recommendation from teachers or mentors, extracurricular activities, admissions interviews, and personal essays. How important SAT scores are in the college application process varies from school to school.

Dates and registration deadlines

Test preparation:

SAT Test Prep Khan Academy

WorkKeys

Grades: 
11-12

National Career Readiness Certificate

Individuals who successfully complete the three WorkKeys assessments—Applied Math, Graphic Literacy, and Workplace Documents—earn the WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate® (WorkKeysNCRC®), a valuable credential for students and job seekers seeking to verify foundational workplace skills. ACT WorkKeys also offers additional assessments to measure interests, values, and behaviors that can lead to greater job satisfaction.

Workkeys is also the required test to qualify for the Alaska Performance Scholarship CTE award. Students can also earn a Career and Technical Education (CTE) award by scoring 13 or higher on the WorkKeys exam, in addition to meeting the curriculum requirements. The student's GPA determines the award level.

Work Keys Webpage

Currently, Mat Su Central is working to provide a Workkeys assessment on site in the Spring.

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