Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Math and Science Academy will participate in all-school testing on September 15.
The testing will be administered in four parts: English, mathematics, reading, and science, during the course of the testing session. Freshmen, sophomores, and junior will take a practice ACT, which will prepare them to eventually take the ACT college entrance exam. Juniors will take the ACT in the spring.
Dr. Diane Deckert, director of assessment and planning for the District, said that the tests are used to determine the quality of the programs at the District’s schools and the needs of the students. She said that students should take the tests seriously and be prepared for them.
"These tests are not only a reflection of our schools, but the skills of our students," Dr. Deckert said. "Our students are as talented as any in the state. We are looking for them to perform at a level that shows what their abilities are."
All students will be dismissed at 1:35 p.m. Seniors will not take the exams and can go on self-directed college tours or do work to satisfy their community service requirements.
Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, stressed that it is important for students and their parents to take the tests seriously.
"We have an obligation to do everything we can to help prepare our students to perform at high levels," she said. "The data we receive from these exams will inform our instruction for the rest of the year and we can know what is needed to modify our instruction to help our students grow academically. These tests also are a good predictor of how they will perform on the ACT in the future, so they need to be ready for the exams."
Students are to report to their testing location at 7:50 a.m., with the end of the testing scheduled for 12:55 p.m. They can pick up a bag lunch in their respective school's cafeteria before boarding buses at 1:35 p.m.