State Testing for High School Students is Next Week
Curriculum Coordinator Matt Irwin
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The High School’s state testing for grades 7-10 students will take place Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. Parents, you can help by making sure your student

  • gets plenty of sleep the night before the test;

  • has breakfast on the morning of the test;

  • goes to school on the day of a test;

  • does not have any out-of- school appointments on the day of a test;

  • knows that you think he/she will do well on the tests; and

  • knows you understand that the test is important.

ACT Aspire is a criterion-referenced test given to students in grades 3 -10 in English, reading, writing, math, and science. Criterion-reference tests measure a student’s knowledge of standard specific skills. This will be the second year that Arkansas students will take the ACT Aspire. The total end-of- year testing time for ACT Aspire is 4½ to 5 hours.Parents will receive score reports that will provide information regarding each student’s individual progress.

As an incentive to do their best, West Side students receive pizza, a movie, or a free day out of school when they reach the “Ready” or “Exceeding” level on three of the five tested areas. More prizes are offered to students who improve their achievement level from one year to the next.