School Year 2019-20 Test Dates & Announcements:
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The College Board is providing supports for AP students and educators
Update: Info regarding AP Tests including schedule, question types, and resources available.
Link: AP Exam FAQS for 2020
The College Board will provide future additional testing opportunities for students as soon as feasible in place of canceled administrations. We’ll be as flexible as possible to give students the best chance to show their skills and stay on the path to college.
To help students keep their college readiness skills sharp when many schools are closed, the College Board and Khan Academy will continue to provide free resources online, including full-length practice tests and personalized learning tools at Khan Academy online.
The AP Program has finalized a streamlined AP Exam option that will allow students to test at home. They are working to give every AP student the opportunity to claim the college credit they’ve earned. The AP Program will continue to communicate the details of these additional solutions to educators and students as changes arise.
The College Board will remain focused on student safety and ensuring all students have the tools they need to work, and opportunities to receive the credit they have earned, during this challenging time.
SMARTER BALANCED ASSESSMENT (SBA) – 2019-20
The Smarter Balanced Exams have been cancelled for the rest of the year since the Hawaii DOE waiver request was approved by the federal DOE.
The HIDOE requires all students in grades 7, 8 and 11 to participate in the Hawaii State Assessment Program. The U.S. Department of Education requires 95% participation on mandated state accountability tests. The scores from these tests are a large part of KHI's score on STRIVE-HI under the new Strategic Plan and the ESSA Plan.
Students are scheduled between Feb. 18th and May 8th to complete both the English Language Arts and the Math sections. Middle school students are expected to spend about two full weeks of ELA (English/Language Arts) course time completing the English tests (CAT and PT), and about a week of Math time completing the Math test. Juniors will be scheduled to take both sections of the ELA test on one day in March and another day in April for the Math section.
The Smarter Balanced Assessments are not timed, so students needing additional testing minutes or who are absent during their scheduled week, will be called from elective classes to complete their tests.
Parents who need general information about the SBA can follow these links:
The Smarter Balanced Tests - Info for Parents
Parent Information Books for State Testing (all languages)
Parents with questions/concerns should contact the principal, Ms. Donna Lindsey. This school year, the Hawaii DOE is requiring all schools to submit any test refusal letters to the Assessment section for review.
2020 ACT College and Career State Assessment Administration
The ACT was administered on Tuesday - February 25th to 116 students.
Mahalo to all the faculty & staff that came together to make this test a success!
Students are normally able to access their ACT scores in about 8 weeks through their online ACT accounts. Kahuku does not receive hard copy reports of students' scores.
For questions, contact Ms. Bea DeRego at email@example.com.
Hawaii State Science Assessment - Grade 8
The Science HSA has been cancelled for the SY 2019-2020.
The HSA Science exam is required for all 8th grade students. This year, 2019-20, students will begin testing on the new Next Gen Science standards. Students are scheduled to take their first opportunity from Feb 11 - Feb 14. They will take their final opportunity of the test in April, a 2nd opportunity to meet proficiency as needed. For more information related to the changes addressed by the Next Gen Science Standards for Middle School Students, parents and students can download the Parent Guide from the link in the right column.
WIDA ACCESS ASSESSMENT
The WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 is a secure large-scale English language proficiency assessment administered to 7th through 12th grade students at Kahuku High & Intermediate, who have been identified as English language learners (ELLs). It is given annually in WIDA Consortium member states to monitor students’ progress in acquiring academic English. The test is aligned with student standards and assesses each of the four language skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. The annual English Language Proficiency (ELP) assessment window for School Year 2019-20 is open from January 14, 2020 to February 26, 2020, and KHIS students are testing during the weeks of Jan 13th through Jan 24. Each subsection is scheduled for a different test session to allow students adequate time to complete the test.
If your child is taking the WIDA tests, please ensure they have a good breakfast, adequate sleep, and arrive at school on time to help each one do their best!
Complimentary Testing for Community Students
Students who are members of our community and are home-schooled are eligible to participate in HIDOE mandated or some of the optional tests the school offers - for example the ACT and SBA in the spring.
Any parent who has questions regarding scheduling their students for one of these tests can contact Ms. Bea DeRego at 305-7354. Please leave a local contact number if you leave a message (I do not have long distance calling on the test room phone). You can also email: firstname.lastname@example.org
To ensure we have time to request your child be added to DOE testing, please contact Ms. DeRego at lease 60 days in advance of the scheduled test date.
Students who provided an email address to the College Board will receive score notices the week of December 9 - 11. Students can log into their accounts with their access code or provided student ID.
The PSAT/NMSQT is the only test a junior student can take to try to qualify for a National Merit Scholarship. Juniors who are college bound should also consider taking the PSAT before completing the SAT their senior year as a preview of their scores. At KHIS, junior & sophomore AVID students are strongly encouraged to register for the test.
The PSAT has separate math and verbal sections and a third section testing English grammar. Each subject is scored on a scale of 20 to 80 and these scores are combined to create the National Merit Scholarship selection index.
Many students take the PSAT during their junior year, but motivated students may take the PSAT when they are sophomores to get the feel of the test. However, only the scores from the PSAT taken in your junior year are considered for the National Merit Scholarship competition.
Students can find more information at the College Board PSAT website. Students can also create an account to participate in Test Prep opportunities.
STAR Screening for 7th - 8th Grade Students
All students in grades 7-8th participate in STAR Math & Reading screening to determine areas of strength and curriculum support needed. Students are tested during the month of August, and throughout the year as needed.. Parents of students needing targeted support will be contacted by the school's resource team. Parents with questions can contact Bea DeRego at 305-7354 for more information.
STUDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO COMPLETE THE TESTS TO THE BEST OF THEIR ABILITY TO DEMONSTRATE THEIR SKILLS FOR PLACEMENT PURPOSES.
End of Course Exams
The EOC Biology exam has been cancelled for the SY 2019-2020.
The End-of-Course (EOC) exams measure a student's level of proficiency for the standards and benchmarks assigned to the course. The optional Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 EOC Exams measure proficiency for the Hawaii Common Core Math Standards. The mandatory Biology I EOC Exam measures proficiency for the new Next Gen standards. The scores on the EOC Biology exam are included in the students' final grades for the year.
Students are scheduled to take the test with the rest of their class during the week of May 11-14, 2020. Students who will be absent during this week need to arrange to test early with their Biology teacher.
The Biology End of Course Exam is mandatory for all students taking the Biology course at any grade level.
INDIVIDUAL TEST DATES FOR the SAT/ACT can be explored at the following links:
STUDENTS REQUESTING ACCOMMODATIONS FOR STANDARDIZED TESTING
Parents requesting testing accommodations for their student are encouraged to view the relevant website below to determine the timeline, test date, and documents necessary for requesting accommodations. You are advised to begin the process at least 60 days before the selected test date. Please contact the Kahuku High & Intermediate Student Services Coordinator and Bea DeRego, Test Coordinator, for questions or feedback.