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Dear OPS Families of Junior Students,

As you may be aware, all juniors will participate in taking the ACT, which is the required state test. As occurred last year, students who are in their third year cohort at the high school level will participate in the college entrance exam, the ACT, or in the NSCAS-Alternate Assessments. The paper/pencil ACT State test administration date is Tuesday, April 2, 2019. All juniors are required to take the assessment. The test takes a little over 4 hours and requires an environment with no distractions. As a result, 11th graders will be the only students in attendance on that date, including students who take the NSCAS ¬≠Alternate Assessment. Attendance is critical on this day. Students who have taken the ACT in the past are still required to participate in this state administration. In order to facilitate the required testing environment, students in grades 9, 10, and 12 will not have school.  

Benefits: Taking the ACT during the school day has many benefits to students and families that include:
-Receive personalized information to explore future college and career options
-Eliminate the testing cost to families on this day
-Reduce student stress testing in a familiar environment
-Utilized by all 4-year colleges and universities for admission and scholarship decisions 

Test Information: ACT consists of tests in the areas of English, mathematics, reading, science, and writing. Students will receive breakfast, and lunch will be served at every building. The entire administration process will take approximately five hours to complete.

Transportation: Buses will run as normal for all high schools and students will have the opportunity to stay for lunch and regular dismissal at 3:05 PM. Building principals will provide information regarding post-test activities and release information.

Attendance: Attendance is extremely important on Tuesday, April 2. This is an opportunity for all juniors to take the ACT. Students will be able to use ACT scores for college admissions and scholarship applications. A student's ACT score can validate his/her college plans while other students may see college as an option they had not previously considered.

What NOT to Bring to the Test: All buildings will complete a paper/pencil version of the ACT. Students do not need to bring anything to the test. Cell phones or electronic devices which include smartwatches. fitness bands. and any other device with recording. internet. or communication capabilities ·are not permitted in the testing rooms. Getting a good night of sleep and arriving on time are important for a smooth testing process.

How to Prepare: The OPS Research Division has provided access to ACT Online Prep (AOP) for every student and the accounts can be accessed at http://onlineprep.act.org. Students use their OPS email: (userlD@ops.org) and their OPS identification number (as their password) to log in.

An ACT overview presentation and other testing resources can be found here or by contacting your student's school. Thank you for your continued efforts to assist students in preparing for the ACT on Tuesday, April 2.


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