December 2, 2013
Dear Parents and Students of grade 11:
On December 9 and 10, 2013, all 11th grade students will be administered the COMPASS test. This test is a state requirement that is new to juniors this year. This test has been given before but only to those seniors who take English CR or CT Math.
The students will be taking both the COMPASS MathematicsTest and the COMPASS English (Writing Skills) Test. The results will inform 11th grade students and parents of their academic readiness for college-levelcredit-bearing courses. Additionally,the results will help guide students in selecting their coursework for their senior year so they may be academically prepared for what they want to do after high school.
Taking the COMPASS does not replace taking the ACT or SATfor college admission requirements: COMPASS is not a college admission exam. The COMPASS is a computer-adaptive test, developed by ACT to measure readiness for college-level courses. Colleges and universities use the results to place students into developmental or college-credit bearing courses.
Since the test is computer-adaptive, the COMPASS program adjusts the item difficulty to the skills of the individual student,eliminating items that are too easy or difficult. This flexibility reduces the number of items and testing time.
Students need to take this test seriously as it indicates whether they may have to take remedial coursework in college. In other words, students and/or parents will pay for the student to complete a remedial math and/or English course at college that will bear no credits earned toward a degree or graduation. Students would still have to complete traditional English and/or math credits at college required for graduation.
We are planning to use a modified schedule on December 9 and10. We will block the odd periods on December 9th and the even periods on December 10th. Period 5 will always be the same to assure proper time for lunch.
We hope that you will encourage your student to do his/her very best on these tests. Should you have anyquestions, feel free to contact us.
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