District & State Assessments
Throughout grades K-12, assessment of Language Arts skills is paramount. In addition to teacher created assessments, students also participate in District Assessments each marking period as well as the PARCC English Language Arts/Literacy Assessments in grades 3-11. High school students take PSAT and SAT exams for college entrance. Furthermore, AP students take AP exams in their applicable field of study. The links below will help you understand the assessments your child will take this year and provide resources for test preparation.
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers is an organized assembly of states which has come together in order to develop a set of assessments that measure student aptitude and readiness for future college and careers. They have overseen the creation of computer based assessments for grades 3-11. All NJ students participate in PARCC testing each spring. The PARCC website is rich in resources. Click "Test Preparation" to find sample items, tutorials and practice tests for each grade level.
In March 2016, the College Board debuted the newly redesigned SAT. In fact, College Board now speaks of the "SAT Suite of Assessment" which refers to three integrated tests:
- PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10
- PSAT 8/9
The SAT now consists of Evidence Based Reading and Writing and Math with an optional essay. Sophomores at Bayonne High School take the PSAT 10 in order to get a clearer picture of what it will be like to sit for the real SAT and find out what their preliminary score might be. Most students would benefit from taking the SAT at least twice, starting in Junior year. Please click on the following link to learn more, take practice tests, and build your knowledge of the SAT changes!
Interestingly, the SAT doesn't stand for anything anymore. Here is an interesting article explaining the history of the name.
AP or Advanced Placement refers to a program created by the College Board, the same organization responsible for the SAT, whose goal is to provide college-level curricula and examinations to high school students. American colleges and universities may grant placement and course credit to students who obtain high scores on these examinations. There are a variety of AP classes in different areas of expertise available in Bayonne High School. AP English 11 students take the AP Language and Composition Exam while AP English 12 students take the AP Literature Exam. Honors students who seek the additional challenge of AP courses should expect to take these examinations at the end of these courses. Click the College Board link below to find out more about AP classes and exams.
Additional information about AP exam preparation can be found on the websites for the AP courses.