Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Guidance Update for Junior Families

Juniors, as you prepare for the April 2014 Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE), we are pleased to inform you that the spring 2014 PSAE will once again contain the writing portion of the ACT. The spring 2014 PSAE test breakdown is as follows: 

  • DAY ONE: The ACT Plus Writing, which includes the ACT battery of four multiple-choice tests (English, mathematics, reading, and science) and a writing prompt. 
  • DAY TWO: Includes Applied Math, Reading for Information, and Locating Information. Taking all three subtests will allow students who earn qualifying scores the opportunity to be eligible for ACT's National Career Readiness Certificate. 
  • For more information, here is the link: http://www.act.org/products/workforce-act-national-career-readiness-certificate
  • Students can earn a bronze, silver, gold, or platinum rating based on their scores on Day 2 testing. 
  • We also encourage students to make careful note of the following: Based on minimum guidelines from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), District 204 has determined that students must have 11 credits to be considered a Junior and to be eligible to take the PSAE test in April.
    The PSAE is a graduation requirement in Illinois. Juniors who have not earned 11 credits by the end of their fifth semester—first semester of 13-14—will be reclassified as Sophomores, and will not be eligible to take the PSAE. Additional privileges associated with Junior status may also be denied at this time. 
  • Please contact your counselor for assistance with any questions or in dealing with any deficiencies identified at this time.