High school students in 9th through 11th grade are administered standardized achievement tests in the spring of each school year. HCA currently gives the Stanford Achievement Test (SAT). This test is useful in measuring general educational development, determining student progress from one year to the next, grouping students, diagnosing learning difficulties, and comparing achievement with scholastic aptitude. A copy of the test results are available to parents at the beginning of each summer.
The PSAT/NMSQT is given to juniors and some sophomores, and helps educators at every level promote college readiness. It is a standardized test cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The PSAT/NMSQT assesses the critical reading, mathematics, and writing skills students need for college. The PSAT/NMSQT helps students become college ready. It provides detailed feedback on skills, access to scholarships and personalized online tools, and excellent practice for the SAT.
All high school students are encouraged to take the SAT and/or ACT for college entrance. The SAT and ACT tests are designed to assess the student’s academic readiness for college. These exams provide a path to opportunities, financial support, and scholarships, in a way that is fair to all students.