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Upcoming Exams

posted Apr 12, 2016, 8:21 AM by Jonathan Stewart   [ updated Apr 12, 2016, 8:21 AM ]

There are important exams ahead that provide students and our school with measurements of progress.  Summit alumni say these types of high school exams were very important in helping them prepare for exams in college.

California’s SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium)
The SBAC replaced the CST as California’s annual test in literacy and math.  Fourteen other states also take the SBAC.  Arguably, the SBAC tests are the best that California has ever used.  They assess students’ analytical, problem solving, and writing skills in addition to their content knowledge.  The same group at Stanford that helped Summit develop its cognitive skills rubric also developed the SBAC.  Eleventh graders take the test as a cumulative measure of progress in high school, and they took a practice SBAC in late January/early February.  Students and families can access additional practice tests online.  Eleventh graders will take literacy May 4 & 5 and math May 18 & 19.

AP Exams
AP (Advanced Placement) courses and exams are a central part of Summit’s college readiness program.  They provide some of the same types of rigorous learning as college courses and the opportunity for students to earn college credit.  This year Tahoma is requiring that 11th graders take AP Language and 12th graders take two AP tests of their choice.  Testing dates are from May 2 to May 13.  Practice questions are available online.

10th Science CST
Although California phased out the CST, it kept the 10th grade science exam until better national science exams are available.  The test assesses 6th-10th grade standards in scientific methods and biology, mostly.  The state posted a practice test online.  Students will take the test in early May.

It's very important for students to be at school on test days. Please don't schedule appointments or pick up students early. Also, please take time to discuss and be ready for these exams.  Mentors are happy to provide further guidance.