Students in grades 8 through 11 take a series of rigorous and nationally comparable assessments, including EXPLORE, PLAN, ACT, and WorkKeys to assist in academic planning and measure college and career readiness.


Students in grades 8 and 9  take EXPLORE to aid in decision making regarding high school coursework and post secondary plans. The assessment contains four multiple choice tests covering the four core academic areas, english, mathematics, reading, and science. This test is scored on a scale of 0 to 25


Students in grade 10 take PLAN in the four core academic areas to further assist in planning for post-secondary choices mid-way through high school. This test is scored on a scale of 0 to 32.


Students in grade 11 take the ACT, American College Test, which also assesses the four core academic areas and serves as an indicator of college readiness. This test is widely used for college admission and is scored on a scale of 0 to 36.


WorkKeys is a career-readiness assessment measuring reading, math, and locating information as a way to build an understanding of how to improve skills and increase prospects for securing high-demand, high-wage jobs in today’s 21st century workplace. Starting in spring 2015, the state will fund the WorkKeys exam for all students on a Jump Start pathway pursuing a Career Diploma.

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