Preparing for standardized tests:
At the Upper School, we use Study Island to help students and teachers assess each student’s mastery of the standards for various courses, primarily ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies, while exposing students to standards-based test items. Study Island will be used strategically with every unit of study and the data will be used to inform instruction.
The purpose of Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) is to evaluate Minnesota students’ achievement measured against the Minnesota Academic Standards. Assessment results can be used to inform curriculum decisions at the school level, inform instruction at the classroom level, and demonstrate student academic progress from year to year.
Reading tests are given in grades 6-8 and 10. They measure the student’s ability to understand how a piece of writing is structured by the author and the kinds of writing devices an author uses to express the storyline or argument.
Math tests are given in grades 6-8 and 11. They measure the student’s ability to solve complex, multi-step problems based on real-world situations using math.
Science tests are given in grade 8 and to high schoolers who have just finished their biology class. Often, the problems focus on scientific scenarios students might encounter doing real-world research and investigations.
Students in 9th grade will take a civics test. The test consists of fifty of the hundred questions in the USCIS Naturalization Test. The fifty questions are selected by the Learning Law and Democracy Foundation in consultation with civics teachers.
As part of its college-readiness focus, all 10th graders at LILA are provided the opportunity to take the PreACT, at the family's expense, during the school day in the spring of their 10th grade year.
ACT (American College Testing)
To continue our college-readiness focus, all 11th graders at LILA are provided the opportunity to take the ACT plus writing, at the family's expense, during the school day in the spring of their 11th grade year. If a family is not able to pay, the state pays the expense of the exam.
AP (Advanced Placement)
Students enrolled in high school biology, in consultation with their teacher, have the option to take the AP exam to earn college credits. The cost of the test is $94 and will be covered by LILA during the spring of 2018 and 2019.
STAMP 4s and 4se (STAndards-based Measurement of Proficiency)
This assessment measures proficiency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking in the student’s target language. The STAMP assessment uses real-world questions that engage students using a web-based system that is adaptive to the student’s level. For students whose placement is uncertain, this test will be used to help determine class level placement.
This test will be also offered to seniors interested in earning a Bilingual Seal or Certificate as allowed by the State of Minnesota’s Department of Education. These awards guarantee language credits at all Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.
For more Information:
See our current testing calendar here.