Vermillion schools will administer SAT testing

Vermillion schools will administer SAT testing Within the next few weeks, grades 2, 4, 6, 8, 9 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 2, 4, 8 and 11. The Vermillion School District 13-1 also requires students in grades 6 and 9 to take the SAT. The tests for all grades will be given between March 27 and April 14.

The SAT is a norm-referenced standardized test. This means that each child's scores provide 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 plan lessons that build upon what the child already knows and encourage progress on areas the child 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 children are taught in school. They will be tested in reading, language, mathematics, science, and social science. Depending on the child's grade level, he or she may also be tested in research skills and thinking skills.

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 do with daily class work, other tests the teacher gives, homework and other activities.

Parents with questions or concerns are encouraged to call their child's school.

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