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Details for PSAT Testing on Jan. 26 for 10th and 11th Graders

 

Details for PSAT Testing on Jan. 26 for 10th and 11th Graders

Jan. 11, 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians,

On Friday we sent out information about the upcoming PSAT testing that will take place at both Jackson Memorial and Jackson Liberty High School on Jan. 26 - and how it will impact whether your child reports to school that day.

This email is a follow up - to give more details about testing day to our 10th and 11th grade students.

Remember: On Tuesday, Jan. 26 we will be administering the PSAT to ALL students in Grades 10 and 11, including those on Full Remote and Full Synchronous learning.

This means that ONLY STUDENTS IN GRADES 10 and 11 will attend school in person on Jan. 26.

  • Our 5-Day Self-Contained students will also attend school in person on Jan. 26.
  • All other students will stay home and learn remotely.

TESTING INFORMATION FOR GRADES 10 and 11

Assessment Room Locations

  • On or about Jan. 19, teachers will post in their Google Classroom and inform students of their test room location and their dismissal group.
  • Students will report directly to their test location by 7:15 am.  
  • The Shortened Day dismissal times we have in place now will be in effect
  • Students will be dismissed in two sections (at 11:44 a.m. and at 11:47 a.m.) to ensure social distancing. 
  • Students who complete the test early will not be allowed to be released early from class, due to security and testing protocols.

Classroom Arrangements/Safety Protocols/Face Coverings

We have planned for each classroom to have 12 students. This will help promote social distancing within the room.  As with a regular school day, students must follow all safety protocols including the wearing of face coverings and social distancing.  

Students will complete a COVID-19 form in the test room prior to the start of the assessment attesting to the fact that they are free from COVID -19 symptoms and are not subject to quarantine requirements.

  • Any student who is under a quarantine order should not attend school. 
  •  Students who do not meet COVID 19 protocols will be removed from the test and picked up by a parent/guardian.  

Materials to Bring for Testing

Students should bring their own calculator to school. Students do not need a calculator to test, but students with a calculator will typically earn higher scores.   We also encourage students to bring their own Number 2 pencil. 

What Not To Bring

Cell phones, Smart Watches, and other electronic communication devices are not permitted to be used.  These items will be collected and returned at the end of the assessment.  Students found in violation of the College Board electronic communication device policy may face severe disciplinary consequences as well as the inability to take future College Board assessments including SAT and Advanced Placement assessments.

Additional PSAT Information 

This link provides you additional detailed information from the College Board about the PSAT test.  PSAT TEST Link

Why Give the PSAT?

The importance of the PSAT assessment is two-fold.  First, it is excellent preparation for the SAT test and it provides access to resources to help students prepare for College Board tests.  Second, and probably a more important factor in this time of COVID-19, it will serve as an alternate “Pathway” for graduation. The NJ Department of Education requires students to demonstrate proficiency in the areas of Literacy & Math.  With the NJDOE cancellation of NJSLA tests last spring, the students who did not test have one less assessment cycle to demonstrate graduation standards.  Approximately, 30% of our students will meet the Graduation requirements via either the SAT or PSAT.  

If you have questions about the PSAT assessment, please do not hesitate to contact your school counselor.  

Sincerely,

Kurt Holtz, Director of Guidance