Jason R. Bull - Principal

Jason R. Bull

Principal

Sheboygan North High School

 

Principal’s Message

 

 

2014-2015 New State Required Testing

 

The statewide adoption of the Common Core State Standards has resulted in a change to the statewide annual assessment and school accountability measurement – known as the WKCE (Wisconsin Knowledge and Concept Examination) tests. Now, high schools will implement a new four-test ACT suite for all 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students. “We’re changing what children learn, how they’re taught and tested, and how teachers are evaluated. The scope and pace of change is unprecedented, and we are blessed to start at a position of strength,” stated State Superintendent Tony Evers during his 2012 State of Education address. The new accountability and assessment suite is based on multiple measures of college and career readiness, and is the mandatory annual assessment for all Wisconsin high school students.

 

North High School, along with every high school in the state, will be implementing the ACT suite of assessments beginning in the 2014-2015 school year. Although a great number of our students currently take the ACT in grades 11 and 12, the ACT suite will have an impact on students in grades 9, 10, and 11. Below you will find a summary of plans for the ACT suite.

 

In the 2014-2015 school year, the State of Wisconsin will be implementing the Aspire and ACT+WorkKeys assessments. All grade 10 students will continue to take the WKCE in the areas of science and social studies. The new assessments, Aspire and ACT+WorkKeys, are designed to best measure student readiness for post-high school college and career success. The following provides a brief overview of each assessment.

 

ACT Goals:

 

Overarching goals of the ACT suite include an accountability measure for all Wisconsin high schools. The ACT test results meet college entrance requirements for students with or without ACT-approved accommodations. In addition, the ACT+WorkKeys may be utilized by employers as part of the hiring process.

 

Grades 9/10 – Aspire Overview:

 

The Aspire assessment will be given in grade 9 in the fall and spring, and in grade 10 in the spring to provide a growth trend showing individual growth toward the ACT college and career readiness benchmarks. These assessments will provide information earlier in our students’ lives using multiple question types. Using an integrated multidimensional approach, the solution will go beyond Common Core State Standards by including science assessments, career readiness measures and noncognitive components.

 

Grade 11 – ACT Overview:

 

The ACT assessment will be given in the spring testing window to all juniors. The ACT is an assessment of knowledge, understanding, and skills acquired during K-12 education developed by ACT, Inc. It is widely used by colleges for admissions and course placement purposes. The ACT consists of four multiple-choice tests in English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science. Wisconsin students will take the ACT Plus Writing, which consists of the four main tests and ACT’s essay-based writing test.

 

ACT Scores – Each of the ACT’s four main subject area tests is scored on a scale of 1 to 36. The average of a student’s four test scores is called the Composite score. The Writing test is scored on a 1 to 12 scale. Students who took the ACT Plus Writing also receive a Combined score, on a scale of 1 to 36, which merges their performance on the English test and the Writing test.

 

Grade 11 – WorkKeys Overview:

 

ACT WorkKeys is a job skills assessment that will be given to all juniors during the spring testing window. As part of ACT's Work Readiness System, ACT WorkKeys has helped millions of people in high schools, colleges, professional associations, businesses, and government agencies build their skills to increase global competitiveness and develop successful career pathways. Successful completion of ACT WorkKeys assessments in Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, and Reading for Information can lead to earning ACT's National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC), a portable credential earned by more than 1 million people across the United States.

 

Tentative Schedule:

 

Proposed 2014-2015 Wisconsin State Assessment Schedule

Test Window

Assessment

October 6 – 24

Aspire – Grade 9

October 27 – November 7

WKCE Science/Social Studies – Grade 10

March 3, makeup day March 17

ACT – Grade 11

March 4, makeup day March 18

WorkKeys – Grade 11

April 27 – May 22

Aspire – Grades 9 and 10

 

Members of the North High School learning community have been working diligently to research and plan for a most successful implementation of the ACT suite with planned communications via a great number of venues. If you should have questions regarding the forthcoming plans, please contact any member of the North High School administrative team.

 

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

As North High School continues to work in  partnership with parents, staff, students and community members open lines of communication are essential.  I welcome your input and inquiries.  Please utilize the contact infromation below as needed:

jbull@sheboygan.k12.wi.us

920.459.3603 or Beth Grebe at 920.459.3602