•  NATIONAL ASSESSMENTS    

    Each national assessment that is administered in MCPS is listed and explained below:

    Advanced Placement Testing: Grades 9-12

    • Courses sponsored through the College Board
    • Students taking AP courses at Osbourn High School will be required to take the associated course test in the spring.
    • Students take college-level courses and exams, have the potential of earning college credit and advanced placement, stand out in the admission process, and learn from some of the most skilled and dedicated teachers in the profession.
    • Courses help students acquire the skills and habits needed for a successful college transition.  Support in developing time management skills, discipline and study habits.
    • For more information specific to this assessment, see: www.collegeboard.com

    Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT): 

    • Available to 10th-grade students and AVID Students in grades 9 through 11.  Eleventh-grade students' scores are used by colleges/universities in determining eligibility for scholarships. The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a program co-sponsored by the College Board and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).
    • PSAT is a standardized test that provides first-hand practice for the SAT.  It also gives a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools.
    • Measures critical reading skills, writing skills, math problem-solving skills
    • Students receive feedback on their strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study.  They can then focus their preparation on those areas that could most benefit their attention for growth.
    • For more information specific to this assessment, see: www.collegeboard.com

    Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test 8/9 (PSAT 8/9)

    • Available to 9th grade students in the AVID program
    • Establishes a starting point in terms of college and career readiness as students transition to high school
    • For more information specific to this assessment, see: www.collegeboard.com

    Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT)

    • Commonly required entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions.
    • Multiple-choice, pencil-and-paper test administered by the College Board
    • For more information specific to this assessment, see: www.collegeboard.com

    ACT

    • Commonly required entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions.
    • Multiple-choice, pencil-and-paper test administered by the College Board
    • For more information specific to this assessment, see: https://www.act.org/

     

    National Assessment Matrix

    Below is an explanation of the national assessments and the purpose each one has in our instructional program.

    Assessment

    Type

    Purpose

    Students

    Time of Year

    Key Performance Indicator (KPI)

    How is the datum used?

    Time required to Complete.

    Who Uses the Data?

    Advanced Placement (AP) Tests

    Achievement

    College credit

    AP Courses

    May

    · Scaled Score

    · Assess mastery

    · College credit

    · 90 minutes

    · Student

    · Teachers

    · Principal

    Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT)

    Aptitude

    College Readiness

    Gr 10

     

    AVID Students

    Gr 9 -11

    Spring

    · Scaled Score

    · Precursor to the SAT

    · Determine students’ eligibility for National Merit scholarships

    Student

    Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test 8/9 (PSAT 8/9)

    Aptitude

    College Readiness

    AVID 9th graders

    Spring

    · Scaled Score

    · Identify what students need to work on most to be ready for college

    Student

    Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT)

    Aptitude

    College Readiness

    Gr 12 Optional

    Spring

    · Scaled Score

    · College entrance requirements

    · Scholarships

    Student

    ACT

    Aptitude

    College Readiness

    Gr 12 Optional

    Spring

    · Scaled Score

    · College entrance requirements

    · Scholarships

    Student