Testing Information for Parents

Every day, in every line of work, assessment plays an important role in measuring a person’s work performance.   Measurement of one’s abilities is no less important in school.   The Rowan County School District uses both formative and summative assessment methods to measure and record student achievement and progress throughout their school career. An important part of summative assessment is K-PREP, which stands for Kentucky-Performance Rating for Educational Progress., given annually each spring. These new norm-referenced, criterion-referenced tests are part of the new accountability system of Unbridled Learning: College/Career-Readiness for All and will measure student performance from the 3rd grade through the 11th grade.
 
K-PREP tests will be administered on the following dates:
Elementary Schools: April 26-May 2, 2012
Middle School: April 30-May 4, 2012
High School: April 30-May 4, 2012
 
The chart below is to help parents better understand the areas and grade levels that are being tested using K-PREP
 
 
GRADE
READING
MATH
SCIENCE
SOCIAL
STUDIES
LANG. MECHANICS
ON-DEMAND WRITING
WRITING
3rd
X
X
 
 
 
 
 
4th
X
X
X
 
X
 
 
5th
X
X
 
X
 
X
 
6th
X
X
 
 
 
 
X
7th
X
X
X
 
 
 
 
8th
X
X
 
X
 
X
 
10th
 
 
 
 
 
X
 
11th
 
 
 
 
 
X
 
 
 
In addition to K-PREP testing, students at Rowan County Senior High School will also administer End-of-Course assessments. The EOC tests, administered when a student completes a course, assess students’ knowledge of important concepts in that particular course. The standardized tests are aligned with both state and national college readiness standards and are made up of two 45-minute multiple choice computer-based sessions and one 45-minute constructed response session using paper and pencil.  The four subject areas that make up the End-of-Course assessments are: Algebra II, U.S. History, English II, and Biology. Dates for End-of-Course Assessment at Rowan County Senior High School are:
April 23-25, 2012
Algebra II, English II, U.S. History
April 25-27, 2012
U.S. History, English II
April 30-May 1, 2012, May 7, 2012
Biology, U.S. History, Algebra II 
May 7-9, 2012
Biology, U.S. History, Algebra II
 
Here are some tips for parents to help their son or daughter prepare for testing.
 
1.      Mark the test days on a calendar so you and your child are both aware of the test dates.
2.      Please be sure that your child is at school everyday for testing. Children do not fare as well in make-up sessions.
3.      Please see that your child gets to school on time. The tests need to be started on time each morning.
4.      Make sure that your child eats a healthy breakfast. 
5.      Please do not schedule appointments, trips, or interruptions during testing.
6.      It is important that your child gets a good night’s sleep. If he or she is involved in sports or other after-school activities, try to make sure that the practice sessions are early in the evening.
7.      Talk to your child about reading each question carefully and paying attention to directions.
8.      Encourage your child to do his or her best on tests.
9.      Remind your child about the importance of test scores in their lives and their future; the scores are not just a reflection of the school and the teachers, but also of the level of performance of the students.
 
If anyone would like further information about K-PREP or End-of-Course Assessment, please contact your school counselor or the school principal.
 
 
 




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