STANDARDIZED TESTS

MCAS

All students must pass the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) tests to qualify for a Longmeadow High School Diploma. The initial MCAS administration is given in the spring of the freshman year. Students who do not pass are retested periodically per the schedule and regulations issued by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. LHS may offer formal tutoring support for students who do not meet the MCAS proficiency requirements (pending funding).

PSAT

The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a program cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT®. It also gives you a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools. For more information go to

SAT & ACT

Most colleges require testing results from either the SAT, administered by the College Board or the ACT, administered by the American College Testing program. Students may take the tests at any authorized test site. The SAT Reasoning Test and the SAT Subject Tests are given at Longmeadow High School several times throughout the year. The ACT is not given at Longmeadow High School. Students should consult with their school counselor to develop a personalized college admissions testing schedule.

The SAT and SAT Subject Tests are a suite of tools designed to assess your academic readiness for college. These exams provide a path to opportunities, financial support and scholarships, in a way that's fair to all students. The SAT and SAT Subject Tests keep pace with what colleges are looking for today, measuring the skills required for success in the 21st century.

*To register for the SAT, go to www.collegeboard.com

The ACT® test assesses high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. The multiple-choice tests cover four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science. The Writing Test, which is optional, measures skill in planning and writing a short essay.

*To register for the ACT, go to www.actstudent.org

AP (ADVANCED PLACEMENT)

Through AP's college-level courses and exams, you can earn college credit and advanced placement, stand out in the admission process, and learn from some of the most skilled, dedicated, and inspiring teachers in the world.

CORONAVIRUS SCHOOL UPDATE

March 24, 2020

This is a follow-up email to the one that was sent on March 23rd regarding the changes in the AP exams for 2019-20. This message only pertains to students who have signed up to take an AP exam.

The College Board has significantly reduced the time of the AP exams (down to 45 minutes) and have eliminated the last 25% of the content. Therefore, the content on the 45 minute, revised online exam is covering most of the information that students have already learned in face to face learning while we were in school. Students have spent three quarters of the year learning the material that will be on the exam, so while the format has been changed to an online free-response exam, I would not necessarily recommend cancelling. In the end, however, it is the students and parents/guardians decision as to whether to take the exam(s) or not.

Students who inform me or Mrs. McDonald that they wish to cancel their exam will get a full refund. After thoughtful consideration, if students decide not to take any of the exams that you are registered for, I ask that you give, at minimum, 48 hours notice prior to your scheduled exam. This notification must be done in an email to either me (dlyons@longmeadow.k12.ma.us) or Mrs. McDonald (vmcdonald@longmeadow.k12.ma.us).

March 23, 2020

The following information is from the College Board regarding a new at-home AP testing option due to the impact the Cornavirus is having on schools.

After thoughtful consideration, if you decide not to take any of the exams that you are registered for, I ask that you give, at minimum, 48 hours notice prior to your scheduled exam. This notification must be done in an email to either me (dlyons@longmeadow.k12.ma.us) or Mrs. McDonald (vmcdonald@longmeadow.k12.ma.us).

The full exam schedule, specific free-response question types that will be on each AP Exam, and additional testing details will be available by April 3rd on AP Central.

About This Year’s AP Exams

  • Traditional face-to-face exam administrations will not take place. Students will take a 45-minute online free-response exam at home.
  • Some students may want to take the exam sooner rather than later, while the content is still fresh. Other students may want more time to practice. For each AP subject, there will be two different testing dates.
  • We’ll continue to support students with free resources through exam day.
  • While we encourage students to wait until closer to the test date to decide, any student already registered for an exam can choose to cancel at no charge.

The AP Program will invest heavily over the next month in the following ways:

· For the 2019–20 exam administration only, students can take a 45-minute online exam at home. Educator-led development committees are currently selecting the exam questions that will be administered.

· AP curricula are locally developed and we defer to local decisions on how best to help students complete coursework. To be fair to all students, some of whom have lost more instructional time than others, the exam will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March.

· Colleges support this solution and are committed to ensuring that AP students receive the credit they have worked this year to earn. For decades, colleges have accepted a shortened AP Exam for college credit when groups of students have experienced emergencies.

· Students will be able to take these streamlined exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. Taking a photo of handwritten work will also be an option.

Test security is a concern.

· The exam questions are designed and administered in ways that prevent cheating; we use a range of digital security tools and techniques, including plagiarism detection software, to protect the integrity of the exams.

· Scoring at-home work for an AP Exam is not new to the AP Program. For years the AP Program has received and scored at-home student work as part of the exams for the AP Computer Science Principles and AP Capstone courses.

Instructional Support

Beginning on Wednesday, March 25th, students and teachers can attend free, live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. These mobile-friendly classes are:

· Designed to be used alongside work that may be given by schools.

· Will be recorded and available on-demand so teachers and students can access them any time.

· Not dependent on current AP teachers continuing instruction. We know many AP teachers now face challenges that would make that impossible.

· Will focus on reviewing the skills and concepts from the first 75% of the course. There will also be some supplementary lessons covering the final 25% of the course.