Students will soon be taking SAT tests

Students will soon be taking SAT tests Within the next few weeks, students in grades two, four, six, eight, nine, and 11 will be taking the Stanford Achievement Test Series, Ninth Edition (SAT).

The SAT is required by the South Dakota State Board of Education of all students in grades two, four, eight, and 11.

The Vermillion School District 13-1 also requires students in grades six and nine to take the SAT. The tests for all grades will be given between March 22 and April 9.

The SAT is a norm-referenced standardized test. This means that a child's score provides a comparison of his or her performance to that of thousands of other students who took the test under the same conditions.

The results help teachers to plan lessons that build upon what the student already knows and encourage progress in areas the student has not yet mastered.

It is important to understand that no one "passes" or "fails" this test.

The test includes many of the subjects that the students are taught in school. They will be tested in reading, language, mathematics, science and social science. Depending on the grade level, students may also be tested in listening, study skills and/or spelling.

Several answer choices are given for each question. The student is supposed to select and mark the best answer. Students in grade two will mark their answers in the test booklet. Students in grades four through 11 will mark their answers on a separate answer folder.

This type of test can give only certain kinds of information about how a child is doing in school. To get a more complete picture, parents also need to know how their children does with daily class work, other tests the teacher gives, homework and other activities.

For more information, please call your child's school: Austin 677-7010; Jolley 677-7015; VMS 677-7025; VHS 677-7035.

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