Testing Expanded to Include More 8th Graders
[Newark, NJ – October 5, 2018] Newark Superintendent of Schools Roger León announced that students should prepare for standardized testing that will take place on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. Students in Grades 9 – 12 will take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and students in Grade 8 will take the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT 8) on that day. All testing will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the students’ homeroom class.
Superintendent León said, “The PSAT 8 establishes a baseline on the skills and knowledge that matter most for college and career success, as early as 8th grade.” Additionally, the PSAT 8 gives each student personalized feedback about their academic strengths and growth areas, helping each student to prepare now for their future success.”
The Superintendent said, the results of the PSAT 8 will also help teachers have an early opportunity to measure and follow student performance, ensure students are on target to achieve college and career readiness, pinpoint areas for development, and identify students who have the potential to be successful in Advanced Placement courses in high school.
The PSAT 8 is the first test in the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) Suite of Assessments. The Superintendent waived the $16 fee for student testing. He said, as a result of this test, each student will be given access to multiple online resources that provide free personalized SAT preparation, as well as college and career planning tools. Student performance on the PSAT will provide greater access to scholarship opportunities and the SAT in high school will open doors to many colleges.
“My goal is for our students to be the best in Essex County, New Jersey and the country,” Superintendent León added.