The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers is a consortium of states working together to develop a set of assessments that measure whether students are on track to be successful in college and their careers. These high quality, computer-based K–12 assessments in mathematics and English language arts/literacy give teachers, schools, students and parents better information about whether students are on track in their learning and for success after high school, and tools to help teachers customize teaching and learning to meet student needs.
The PARCC assessment is based on the core belief that assessment should work as a tool for enhancing teaching and learning. Because the assessments are closely aligned with the new, more rigorous Common Core State Standards (CCSS), they ensure that every child is on a path to college and career readiness by measuring what students should know at each grade level. They also provide parents and teachers with timely information to identify students who may be falling behind and need extra help, as well as students who are excelling and are ready for additional challenges.
All MRHS juniors will take the PSAT. Scores are distributed and discussed in small group settings in school. College bound juniors who take the PSAT are a part of the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT). Information about in-school testing dates each fall is provided early in the school year.
College bound students typically take the SAT in spring of junior year. Those seeking to improve scores often re-take SAT's in the fall of senior year.
SAT Subject Tests (formerly known as SAT II's)
Some colleges require two or three SAT Subject tests and others do not require them at all. It's important to check specific requirements for each college of interest. For subjects relying on cumulative knowledge (e.g. Math, English, or World Language), students typically take tests toward the end of junior year or the beginning of senior year. For tests on specific material (e.g. Science or History subjects), students typically take them as soon as possible after completing relevant coursework.
As more colleges accept the ACT as an alternative to the SAT, more MRHS students have been taking this test. The multiple-choice ACT test covers English, mathematics, reading, and science. The new Writing Test, which is optional, measures skill in planning and writing a short essay.
Students taking AP classes can take the related AP exam or the course final exam, else lose a full letter grade. These are taken in school according the schedule provided by the College Board and have an associated fee. Information for students in AP classes is sent home in advance and reviewed in classes.