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District 209 to Provide Make-Up High School Placement Exams for Eighth-Graders

November 13, 2014 03:20 PM
Local feeder schools within Proviso Township High Schools District 209 are beginning the process of preparing eighth-grade students for high school entry by administering the EXPLORE exam from November 4 to 17, 2014.

EXPLORE is a high school intake measure that gives high school counselors about the student’s academic achievement to structure class schedules, make appropriate course placement decisions in English and mathematics, and create  a  pathway for college and career exploration. EXPLORE serves as a baseline for monitoring academic progress and is considered one of the most crucial steps in a students’ high school transition.
"The EXPLORE exam is an important tool to help us understand the skill levels of next year’s freshman class and how we can be ready to meet their academic needs," said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. "With the data and information from these exams, we can be better prepared to put our incoming students on the right path to academic achievement and high school success."

All 8th grade students in the feeder schools for District 209 are asked to take the EXPLORE exam. This includes students who are planning to apply to the Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy. The testing window is open from November 4 to 17, 2014. Counselors from each feeder school as well as those from Proviso East High School or Proviso West High School will administer this test during the school day. The tests will be given on the following dates at these schools:
  • November 5 at Hillside School (District 93)
  • November 6 at Stevenson Middle School (District 89)
  • November 7 at Irving Middle School (District 89)
  • November 10 at Forest Park Middle School (District 91)
  • November 12 at Lindop School (District 92)
  • November 12 at Komarek School (District 94)
  • November 13 at MacArthur Middle School (District 87)
  • November 13 at Northlake Middle School (District 87)
  • November 14 at Roosevelt Middle School (District 88)
  • November 17 at Westchester Middle School (District 92.5)
For students who miss the test given in their schools, one make-up session will be held at Proviso East High School and one session will be held at Proviso West High School from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, December 6. Students should take the makeup test at the school that would be their feeder school. For specific questions about how District 209 uses the results and information on registering for the make-up exam, please contact either Proviso East High School (708-202-1613) or Proviso West High School (708-202-6313). 


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