District Assessment

Dear Mustang Parents and Guardians-

In October, your student took the PSAT 8/9 test. This test is a baseline for your student in the SAT suite of assessments. It shows were in the continuum of career and college ready your student is. It is the first in the series and is not like any other assessment your child has taken before. We believe and research shows that taking practice tests like this decrease stress and increase readiness and scores for students. At Manitou they will continue to take these practice tests in the fall and spring until April of their junior year when they will take the SAT. The SAT test is used by colleges all over the country for college acceptance, and at times placement into courses.
In the test brochure included in the envelope, students are given insight into how they scored against the benchmarks designed by College Board for College Readiness based on a particular grade level. If they met the benchmark they need to continue to take rigorous coursework in order to maintain that as the test gets more rigorous.
The PSAT 8/9 is unique in the math section. The math section on the PSAT 8 includes only two sections while the PSAT 9 and above include three. As your student moves through the SAT suite of assessments, this math portion will change in both depth of knowledge as well as depth of application. While the Evidence Based Reading and Writing will as well, it is most noticeable in the math portion.

What can my student do to improve their college readiness?
*The first thing is to take college readiness classes.
*College Board, the maker of the SAT, recommends students READ, READ, READ.
*Go to the College Board website and look at their tips, to include the free test prep offered through College Board and The Khan Academy website. Your student needs to sign into their College Board account and link it to Khan Academy. Khan academy will then tailor a test review program for them based on their scores. Directions for how to do this is on the College Board website.
Here at the high school your student can engage in the following courses to increase their skill and knowledge:

Enrolling in honors classes
Enrolling in AP (advanced placement classes)
Enrolling in Chemistry in 11th grade
Taking advanced math in 11th grade
Enrolling in elective social science classes such as AP Psychology and Sociology
Enrolling in multiple years of World Language

As always please contact us with any questions.

Eric McMartin                    Markus Moeder-Chandler
Principa                              Principal



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