All OPS Juniors to Take ACT Exam on April 19
Beginning in the 2016-2017 school year, all juniors in OPS (and across the state) will be taking the ACT on April 19. Due to the guidelines from ACT, students in grades 9, 10 and 12 will not have school that day. Attendance on April 19 is important as the state is requiring a 95 percent participation rate from all school districts.
The opportunity to take the ACT during the school day lessons the burden on families. OPS will take care of the registration process for students for the April 19 test date and families won’t need to cover the cost. The scores students receive can be used for college entrance and scholarship applications. For students who have already taken the exam, it gives them another opportunity to increase their score. The greatest benefit may come to students who haven’t taken the ACT yet. Students may realize that college is in reach.
In 2016, the Nebraska Legislature passed a law requiring that all juniors take the ACT. The ACT replaces the previous NeSA reading, mathematics, science, and writing statewide assessments given to 11th grade students.
Currently 63 percent of OPS juniors take the ACT. With an additional 37 percent of students taking the exam, including English Language Learners and special education students, the district average score may be impacted. However, OPS is committed to ensuring all students have an opportunity to take the exam.
The OPS curriculum is designed to prepare students who successfully complete core coursework to be ready for the ACT. In the fall, all juniors participated in a district writing practice test. Also, students have multiple test preparation materials and other resources available to them, including the ACT Online Prep (AOP), which is a web based tool paid for by the state. All students have a log in and can access the online prep site at: https://onlineprep.act.org
The NeSA Alternative Assessment will continue to be given to students who need accommodations.
If you have questions about your child taking the ACT, please contact your child’s school.
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