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Overview of Spring 2020 State Testing for Tuesday, April 14th & Wednesday, April 15th

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Freshmen – PSAT-9

Sophomores – NO SCHOOL

Juniors – SAT

Seniors – NO SCHOOL

Students eligible to take the Dynamic Learning Map Alternative Assessment (DLM-AA) – NO SCHOOL

Transition & Multi-Needs (EAST) – NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Freshmen – NO SCHOOL

Sophomores – PSAT-10

Juniors – SAT (Day 2) *only if required per approved testing accommodations

Seniors – NO SCHOOL

Students eligible to take the Dynamic Learning Maps Alternative Assessment (DLM-AA) will be in attendance from 8:20am-12:45pm

Multi-Needs (EAST) – will attend from 8:20am-12:45pm

Transition Program (EAST) – Regularly Schedule School Day 8:20am-2:30pm

 

PSAT 8/9

Overview: The PSAT 8/9 assessment includes a Reading Test, a Writing and Language Test, and a Math Test that has a portion to be taken with a calculator and a portion to be taken without a calculator. For standard timing, plan for 2 hours and 45 minutes of testing and 15 minutes of breaks. College Board estimates 45–50 minutes should be devoted to pre-administration activities, such as seating students, handing out tests and answer sheets and capturing demographic information.

Grade Testing: Grade 9 – Freshmen

Administered on: Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Timing: Standard – 2 hrs. 35 min. | 50% Extended Time – 4 hrs. 3 min.| 100% Extended Time – 5 hrs. 15 min.

Resources: PSAT 8/9 Test Day Schedule​

Accommodations:  Although College Board does not require prior approval to take the PSAT 8/9 with accommodations, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) does.  Therefore in order for a student to receive accommodations on the PSAT 8/9, schools need consent in order to start the application process to College Board.  If you wish for your son/daughter to apply for accommodations to the college board, please complete the Consent Form for Accommodations Request [English | Spanish] from the college board and return it by Friday, December 13, 2019.  By not completing this request, students will take the PSAT 8/9 under standard time conditions.

PSAT-10

Overview: The PSAT 10 assessment includes a Reading Test, a Writing and Language Test, and a Math Test that has a portion to be taken with a calculator and a portion to be taken without a calculator. For standard timing, plan for 3 hours and 25 minutes of testing.  The assessment will provide score reports you can use to personalize your Khan Academy® SAT practice. They are highly relevant to your future success because they focus on the skills and knowledge at the heart of education.

Grade Testing: Grade 10 – Sophomores

Administered on: Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Timing: Standard – 2 hrs. 55min. | 50% Extended Time – 4 hrs. 34 min.| 100% Extended Time – 5 hrs. 55 min.  

Resources: [PSAT 10 Test Day Schedule​]

Accommodations: College Board requires prior approval to take the PSAT 10 with accommodations. Therefore in order for a student to receive accommodations on the PSAT 10, schools need consent in order to start the application process to College Board.  Most 10th grade students that have requested accommodations have already been submitted by the SSD coordinators. If this has not been completed and you wish for your son/daughter to apply for accommodations to the college board, please complete the Consent Form for Accommodations Request [English | Spanish] from the college board and return it by Friday, December 13, 2019.  If your child has already been approved for accommodation and you would like them to take the PSAT 10 under standard time conditions please sign and return the form Declining use of approved College Board accommodations [English | Spanish] and return this form to your child’s case manager (IEP) or counselor (504).  

SAT

Overview: The SAT is part of the SAT Suite of Assessments, closely aligned assessments that reflect what students are already learning in their classrooms and help educators monitor student progress. Visit sat.org to learn more about the SAT Suite. The SAT focuses on the skills and knowledge that research indicates are essential for career and college success. Total Testing Time: not including breaks = 3 hours, 50 minutes.

Grade Testing: grade 11 and some grade 12, as required

Administered on: Tuesday, April 14, 2019 *only select juniors on April 15th

Timing: Standard Time – 3 hrs. 50min. 8:00am-12:00pm | 50% Extended Time (2 days) Day 1 8:00am-12:00pm est. 4 hrs. | Day 2: 8:00am-11:05am 3hrs. 5min. | 100% Extended Time – (2 days)- Day 1 8:00am-12:55pm 4 hrs. 55 min. | Day 2 8:00am-12:00pm 4 hrs.

Resources: SAT Test Day Schedule​

College Board requires prior approval to take the SAT with accommodations. Therefore in order for a student to receive accommodations on the SAT, schools need consent in order to start the application process to College Board.  Most grade 11 students that have requested accommodations have already been submitted by the SSD coordinators. If this has not been completed and you wish for your son/daughter to apply for accommodations to the college board, please complete the Consent Form for Accommodations Request [English | Spanish] from the college board and return it by Friday, December 13, 2019.  If your child has already been approved for accommodations and you would like them to take the SAT under standard time conditions please sign and return the form Declining use of approved College Board accommodations [English | Spanish] and return this form to your child’s case manager (IEP) or counselor (504).  

* Students with extended time can not move on to the next sub-test until the full amount of extended time has expired.

Dynamic Learning Map (DLM-AA)

Overview: What is the Dynamic Learning Maps® Assessment?  The Dynamic Learning Maps® (DLM®) Alternate Assessment (DLM-AA) tests academic progress in English language arts (reading and writing), math, and/or science. This assessment is designed for students with many types of significant cognitive disabilities. It is a completely individualized test designed so students can show what they know and can do. The assessment is given in short parts called testlets so the student does not become too tired or stressed. Results from the embedded assessment given during the school year provide information that the teacher can use to guide classroom instruction. Students will receive an Individual Student Score Report for each subject tested. This report indicates the skills demonstrated during the assessment.

Grade Testing: Qualifying Students per their IEP in 9th-11th grade.

Administered on: Wednesday, April 15, 2020 (students will complete testing on additional days per the ISBE/DLM-AA assessment window). 

Time: 8:20am – 12:45pm

Frequently Asked Questions on College Board Accommodations

College Board General Accommodations Information: Use of accommodations without approval by the College Board results in cancellation of test scores. In preparation for taking the April, 2019 PSAT 8/9, PSAT 10 or the SAT with accommodations, parents must first submit a signed Consent Form for Accommodations Request [English | Spanish] prior to submitting an accommodation request through the College Board. In order to share student information with the College Board, parents and/or examinees must provide this written consent to release information. Once consent is obtained, a request for test accommodations as listed in the student’s IEP or 504 plan will be submitted online by the school’s Test Accommodation Coordinator. College Board will review the request and a decision notification will be sent.  Visit College Board Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) to learn more about receiving accommodations on their suite of assessments.

What are the basic requirements when applying for and receiving testing accommodations on College Board Exams (e.g. PSAT, SAT)? There are three (3) basic concepts that apply to extra time accommodations:

  1. Eligibility: Students must meet the specific eligibility criteria set out in Section 504 or IDEA regulations.
  2. Consistent need: The student has to need the accommodation (i.e. extra time accommodation) during the entire school year on assessments. The accommodation must be part and parcel of the academic environment — not just for the SAT exam.
  3. No guarantees: The school district has no control over accommodation decisions related to the SAT. Schools simply provide the required student information, ranging from the nature of the disability to the classroom accommodations the student receives, to College Board with written consent from the parent.  College Board makes the final decision.

Who is Eligible to receive accommodations on College Board exams? Some students with documented disabilities are eligible for accommodations on College Board exams. Students cannot take the SAT, SAT Subject Tests, PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, or AP Exams with accommodations unless their request for accommodations has been approved by Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD).

What is the process to receive accommodations?  Students must apply and be approved by College Board in order to receive non-standard or school-based accommodations on the PSAT 8/9, PSAT 10, or SAT. Students do not need College Board approval to take the PSAT 8/9 with accommodations. Special Education or Student Services staff submit the request for accommodations after compiling documentation from a student’s file. In some cases, parents are contacted regarding further documentation that will aid the College Board in approving the request.

When is the deadline to apply for accommodations for the April State Exams? The approval process can take up to seven weeks for an accommodation request to be processed.  If you wish to apply for accommodations through College Board for the spring test, please sign and return the enclosed consent document to your son/daughter’s case manager or counselor no later than Friday, December 13, 2019.  
NOTE: If your child received accommodations in the Spring of 2019, it is most likely they are already approved through College Board for the April state assessments

Who can I contact at my school in order to receive assistance with accommodation requests? For students with 504 plans, their counselor is the best person to contact.  If your child has an IEP, contact your case manager or the building special education coordinator.

How do I know if my child has been approved by the college board? The college board sends a letter home to parents of approved accommodations with an SSD number.  Students can also get info by logging into their SSD account online. The SSD coordinator at each building can also serve as a resource in locating this information.

How long do accommodations remain in effect? Approved accommodations remain in effect until one year after high school graduation (with some limited exceptions) and can be used on the SAT, SAT Subject Tests, PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, and AP Exams. Students do not need to request accommodations from SSD a second time.

How do I make changes to accommodations? The College Board must be notified if you want to add or remove accommodations. To add new accommodations, the school will need to submit new documentation. If you’re a parent or student who requested accommodations through your school and you want to adjust accommodations, ask your SSD Coordinator (the educator who helped you) to submit a change request on SSD Online or submit an Accommodations Change Request form.

Can a student choose to decline their approved accommodations? Students cannot elect to test without their approved accommodations unless they present a written statement signed by a parent/guardian or by the student if over 18 years of age. To no longer use accommodations, parents must submit in writing using the form Declining use of approved College Board accommodations form [English | Spanish]. This must be received no later than March 13, 2020, in order for schools to make arrangements with testing materials and classroom assignments.

How are accommodations provided to students with a 504 or IEP and at what grade level? Freshmen, sophomore, and junior students that have requested accommodations and have been approved by College Board’s Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) will take the spring College Board suite of assessments with accommodations unless they submit a written request declining the use of approved College Board accommodations form.

NOTE: Freshmen students who are normally entitled to certain accommodations will test under standard conditions unless a Consent Form for Accommodations Request [English | Spanish] is submitted by Friday, December 13, 2019.