Testing Calendar & Information



 

LAKEVILLE SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL TESTING CALENDAR AND INFORMATION



PSAT/NMSQT (October 14)
The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is an optional standardized test offered by the school district and administered by the College Board and cosponsored by the Nation Merit Scholarship Corporation to students in grades 10-11. This standardized test provides first hand practice for the SAT Reasoning Test.  Scores from Juniors taking the PSAT are used to select the top students nationwide to compete for scholarships through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation scholarship programs.

This nationally standardized test allows students to compare their performance with other college bound students.  This test measures critical reading skills, math problem solving skills, and writing skills and provides the opportunity for students to experience a college entrance test in a practice setting.  Students considering PSEO classes and have not taken an SAT or ACT yet can also use these scores to help with their application to various schools.  Following the test, students receive feedback about their performance on these critical academic skills.  Students also have the opportunity to receive information from colleges. For more information on PSAT or the NMSQT, plus practice or support material, visit:  https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10


ASVAB (November 2 and February 15)

Although no longer required for graduation from Lakeville South High School, the ASVAB Career Exploration Program helps you identify your skills and interests, explore jobs, and develop after high school plans.  Another tool provided to help search out what post secondary options might be best for you.  FREE and generally offered to interested students on a non-school day.  For more information on the test, visit https://www.asvabprogram.com/


ACCESS for ELLs (Testing Window Jan. 25–March 19)
The ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs are the assessments developed by the WIDA consortium and administered to English learners in order to measure progress toward meeting Minnesota’s standards for English language development. Most English learners will take the ACCESS for ELLs, but English learners who received special education services and meet the participation guidelines may take the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs.   The ACCESS is an English language proficiency accountability assessment based on the WIDA English Language Development Standards. There are four language domains assessed by the ACCESS: listening, reading, speaking, and writing. The test is available in six grade-level clusters: K, 1, 2–3, 4–5, 6–8, and 9–12. While the Kindergarten ACCESS remains paper-based, the ACCESS is primarily administered online, with paper test materials available only for eligible students.

The Listening and Reading domains are adaptive tests that contain multiple-choice and technology-enhanced items. The Speaking domain consists of speaking prompts delivered online; students respond by speaking into a microphone and recording their responses.The Writing domain contains a set of tasks to which students respond.

Minnesota’s statewide tests are objective, standardized measures of student achievement on academic or proficiency standards. Students, families, teachers and administrators use statewide test results as part of a comprehensive system for evaluating learning. Answers to frequently asked questions explain the purpose for statewide testing and why it is important to ensure the integrity of test scores: Frequently Asked Questions: Why Statewide Test Results Matter.  Answers to frequently asked questions about the ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs, is available in a downloadable and printable Parent Fact Sheets. A test preparation fact sheet is also available. See the document list below. Translated versions of these fact sheets are available under Translated Documents, below.


ACT plus Writing (March 2)
The ACT is the leading US college admissions test, measuring what you learn in high school to determine your academic readiness for college. The State of Minnesota requires districts to provide students the opportunity to participate in a nationally recognized college entrance exam
on a school day, but individual students are not required to achieve a specified score on an assessment in order to graduate or meet graduation assessment requirements.  The ACT plus Writing is offered to all Lakeville South 11th grade students for free and this year the ACT will be held here on Tuesday, March 2nd.  Lakeville Area Schools placed administration of this exam on a digital learning day for all other grade levels, classes are not missed by juniors and the testing environment is the best it can be at school.  We assume all 11th grade students will take the exam unless they opt-out.  Four skill areas are covered in the test: English, mathematics, reading, and science. The writing portion of the test measures skill in planning and writing a short essay.  More information and the national test dates for this exam can be found at http://www.act.org/


MCA Test  (Window for Math and Reading is March 8–May 7 and Science is March 8–May 14.  At this time, LSHS is planning on starting the first week of April)
The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment test is the state determined test used in schools to measure student achievement in the areas of reading, math, and science. State tests are given to students in a district once a year, based on their grade level and subject area. These tests help districts measure student progress toward Minnesota’s academic standards and also meet federal and state legislative requirements.  Most students take the MCAs, but students who receive special education services and meet eligibility criteria may take the MTAS.

Minnesota’s statewide tests are objective, standardized measures of student achievement on academic or proficiency standards. Students, families, teachers and administrators use statewide test results as part of a comprehensive system for evaluating learning. Answers to frequently asked questions explain the purpose for statewide testing and why it is important to ensure the integrity of test scores: Frequently Asked Questions: Why Statewide Test Results Matter. Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment scores are available through the Minnesota Department of Education’s report card website. Click on the link, choose my school in the top left corner of the screen, fill in the school’s name and then click on MCAs/MTAs on the left side of the page.

Answers to frequently asked questions about the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA) is available in a downloadable and printable Parent Fact Sheets. A test preparation fact sheet is also available. See the document list below. Translated versions of these fact sheets are available under Translated Documents, below.


MTAS (March 4May 3)
The Minnesota Test of Academic Skills is an alternate assessment for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. It is a performance-based assessment administered and scored by the test administrator using a script and a task-specific scoring rubric. The MTAS is used to measure student progress toward Minnesota’s academic standards and meet the requirements of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). MTAS Reading is given to students in grade 10. MTAS Math is given to students in grade 11. MTAS Science is given to students currently in a Life Science class. Test administration times will vary for each student, and the state does not provide estimated test administration times for the MTAS. Results will be mailed home in late August or early September.

Minnesota’s statewide tests are objective, standardized measures of student achievement on academic or proficiency standards. Students, families, teachers and administrators use statewide test results as part of a comprehensive system for evaluating learning. Answers to frequently asked questions explain the purpose for statewide testing and why it is important to ensure the integrity of test scores: Frequently Asked Questions: Why Statewide Test Results Matter. Answers to frequently asked questions about the Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS) is available in a downloadable and printable Parent Fact Sheets. A test preparation fact sheet is also available. See the document list below. Translated versions of these fact sheets are available under Translated Documents, below.


ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP)®  EXAMS (May 3-14)
Although optional, taking the Advanced Placement (AP)® exam is an important part of all AP courses.  Lakeville South High School staff encourages all students to take AP exams for the AP classes they have taken during the school year. Scoring well on an AP exam can often result in college credit being earned, saving a significant amount of tuition money and time.  For more detail, visit https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/

During the first two weeks of school, all students taking an AP class first semester will be creating a mycollegeboard.com account during their AP classes so they can access online resources, AP scores, etc.  In addition, they will be asked to indicate if they will be taking the AP exam in May.  AP exams cost $65.00 each. The initial deadline for purchasing AP exams is October 2, 2020 and the price will increase until the final deadline in mid November.  Students with questions about financial assistance should contact their Dean of Students. The AP Program is prepared to meet schools and students where they are this year. AP will support in-school testing in 2021 because administering exams in schools maximizes access and opportunity, and we’ll provide a contingency testing option—that contains full course content—if school buildings close for safety concerns.  If students register for AP Exams this fall, AP will waive the $40 cancellation or unused exam fee so all students can register with confidence.  

2021 AP Exam Schedule:

Week 1

Morning 

Afternoon 

Monday, May 3

United States Government & Politics  

(Minske)

Tuesday, May 4

Calculus AB   

Calculus BC  

(Liberty) 

Human Geography (Hood)    

Wednesday, May 5

English Literature & Composition 

(Stave)

Physics 1  (Redetzke)

Thursday, May 6 United States History  (Arlt)

Computer Science A  (Pearson)

Art History (Woollen)

Friday, May 7

Chemistry  (Just)

 European History  (Ms.English)                               

Week 2

Morning 

Afternoon 

Monday, May 10

World History: Modern  (Arlt)

Macroeconomics  (Kohel)

Tuesday, May 11

Psychology  (Woollen)

Wednesday, May 12

English  Language & Composition

(King or Seis)

                         
Thursday, May 13

Statistics  (Arnold)

Friday, May 14

Biology (Kelly)

 



LAKEVILLE SOUTH TESTING COORDINATOR
Paul Donner, Dean of Students

paul.donner@isd194.org or 952-232-3334

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