District & State Assessments
Throughout grades K-12, assessment of Language Arts skills is paramount. In addition to teacher-created assessments, students also participate in LinkIt! Benchmark Assessments three times a year for each marking period, as well as the New Jersey Student Learning Assessment in English Language Arts/Literacy Assessments in grades 3-9. High school students take PSAT, SAT, and NJGPA for graduation requirements and 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 New Jersey Student Learning Assessments for English Language Arts (NJSLA-ELA) measures student proficiency with grade-level skills, knowledge, and concepts that are critical to college and career readiness. On each assessment, students read and analyze passages from authentic fiction and nonfiction texts. The test can also include multimedia stimuli such as video or audio. The NJSLA-ELA assessments emphasize the importance of close reading, synthesizing ideas within and across texts, determining the meaning of words and phrases in context, and writing effectively when using and/or analyzing sources
In March 2016, the College Board debuted the newly redesigned SAT. In fact, the 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 for high school students. American colleges and universities may grant placement and course credit to students who obtain high scores in these examinations. There are a variety of AP classes in different areas of expertise available at 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.