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Grades 6-8. To measure student performance To track student progress To meet state and federal accountability requirements. Test Overview. Sections Language Arts Literacy (Reading and Writing) Mathematics Science (only grades 4 and 8). Grades 7-8. Testing Dates.

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To measure student performance

To track student progress

To meet state and federal accountability requirements

test overview
Test Overview


Language Arts Literacy

(Reading and Writing)



(only grades 4 and 8)

grades 7 8
Grades 7-8

Testing Dates

April 28 – May 1, 2014

Day 1 – Monday, April 28, 2014 – Language Arts Literacy

Day 2 – Tuesday April 29, 2014 – Language Arts Literacy

Day 3 – Wednesday, April 30, 2014 – Mathematics

Day 4 – Thursday, May 1, 2014 – Mathematics (Grade 7 only)

Science (Grade 8 only)

testing dates
Testing Dates

Grade 6

May 5 – May 8, 2014

Day 1 – Monday, May 5, 2014 – Language Arts Literacy

Day 2 – Tuesday, May 6, 2014 – Language Arts Literacy

Day 3 – Wednesday, May 7, 2014 – Mathematics

Day 4 – Thursday, May 8, 2014 – Mathematics

writing tasks
Writing Tasks

Students will have 2 writing tasks to complete:

  • Explanatory/ Speculative
  • Argument/ Persuasive

Grades 6-8

Sample Argument Writing Prompt

Writing Situation

Educational researchers claim that student learning will improve if all printed textbooks are replaced with electronic textbooks, known as e-textbooks. Based on the researchers’ findings, students in your school will be issued an e-textbook reader, which is a device that displays electronic books.

Writing Task

Write an essay either supporting or opposing the claim that student learning will improve if all student textbooks are replaced with electronic reading books. Use your knowledge and your own experience or observation to develop your essay. Use reasons, facts, examples and/or other evidence to support your position.


Grades 6-8

Sample Explanatory Writing Prompt

Consider how the following quotation is related to you.

“Even you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”

-Will Rogers

Cherokee-American, cowboy,

comedian, and actor

Write an essay for your language arts teacher explaining what this quotation means to you. Use details, reasons and examples in your explanation.

sample multiple choice in the reading section
Sample Multiple Choice in the Reading Section

After reading an informative article, a student might be asked a questions like:

Which sentence best states the central idea of the article? A. Asimov’s short stories are still read today. B. Asimov had an exciting and adventurous life. C. Asimov’s childhood helped him succeed as an author. D. Asimov preferred reading to working in his father’s candy store.

sample open ended question
Sample Open Ended Question

Isaac Asimov became a popular science fiction writer.

• Based on the article, identify one reason why Asimov’s stories were popular.

• Based on the article, would scientists be interested in reading Asimov’s science fiction stories? Explain.Use specific information from the selection and any additional insight to support your response. Write your answer in your answer folder.


Mathematics: Grades 6-8

Students will have to answer multiple choice questions, short constructed responses and extended constructed response.

science grade 8
Science – Grade 8

Science assessments include multiple choice questions and open ended items broken down into the following categories:

Life Science – 40% of the test

Physical Science – 30% of the test

Earth Science – 30% of the test


Ethanol (C2H5OH) reacts with oxygen (O2) to form carbon dioxide (CO2) and water (H20).

The reaction is represented by the chemical equation:C2H5OH + _?_ O2 2CO2 +3H20How many molecules of oxygen are required in this reaction?

1 b. 2

c. 3 d. 4


Calculate the density of each bar of soap. Show your work.

  • The diagram below represents a container of water. Draw and label the positions that soap bar A and soap bar B would occupy if they were placed in this container.
  • Explain why you drew each bar of soap in the position selected.

Two different bars of soap are being investigated by a group of students. They measured the mass and volume of each bar and recorded the results in the table below.

essential daily routines
Essential Daily Routines
  • Check and sign your child’s homework by verifying assignments by viewing the homework websites.
  • Ensure that your child is in school every day and on time.
    • District Policy = 100% attendance
    • Make up any work that is missed when the child is absent.
  • Keep track of your child’s progress by keeping constant communication with their teachers and signing Grade Reporting Sheet
a good night s sleep
Limit use of technology such as phones, video games and social media to ensure that your children are getting the rest they need in order to be alert, productive and focused in school.A Good Night’s Sleep…
habits for success
Read at least 30 minutes per night.

Study notes in all areas daily.

Seek additional help in and out of school.

Eat healthy meals daily.

Habits for SUCCESS!