On Tuesday, March 3rd, all the high school juniors in the state of Wisconsin will be taking the ACT test. This test is the same ACT test that has been used as a college entrance exam for years.
For most of our students, the scores they earn on the test on March 3rd can be used for applying to college (whether technical, 2-year or 4-year). We encourage students to do their absolute best to help them earn their way into the college program of their choice.
In order to focus on the importance of this exam for our juniors, on March 3rd, all juniors will come to school and be served a special breakfast before they sit down to take the ACT exam, On that Tuesday, all other grades (freshmen, sophomores and seniors) do not need to attend school. Juniors will complete the ACT before noon and have the opportunity to eat lunch and are then free to go home.
During that afternoon on March 3rd, our staff will be receiving professional development learning as part of our ongoing training to improve our teaching craft.
On the following day, Wednesday, March 4th, all students will need to come to school, however, our juniors will be taking the WorkKeys exam. They will have breakfast here and then be taken by bus to Castle Hill where they will take the WorkKeys test. This will allow us to have the required testing setup and a quiet uninterrupted atmosphere there for the test. At the same time, it will allow us to continue running all our other classes at the high school. The WorkKeys test checks students’ preparedness for the work world. It tests them on applied math (that’s everyday math skills), locating information (mostly in technical and everyday documents) and thirdly, reading for information. Students who take this exam can earn what is called a National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC). This is a certificate that can become a part of their resume to show how well they are prepared for future jobs. We are beginning to work with local businesses to make them more aware of and to recognize the NCRC in their hiring practices.