Message for Grade 8 Parents:

Recognizing that students are already expected to sit for the SAT and/or ACT in their junior year as an entrance requirement for many colleges and universities, it makes perfect sense to choose the SAT as the measure to satisfy this mandate for all students to be evaluated for postsecondary readiness in their junior year.

On Thursday, November 12th at 6:30 in the E.O. Smith auditorium, there will be a presentation to parents on our approach to standardized testing at EO Smith. In doing so, we will discuss the utility of standardized assessments, the perception of high-stakes testing, and the role of testing in college admissions. With this in mind, we wish to provide an overview of our actions over the past two years and plans for the future to measure postsecondary readiness as it relates to standardized testing. The external measures we're using are valid and reliable tests that are well-known to the public and widely accepted by postsecondary institutions - and that students will likely take, anyway. They are the ACT, SAT, and PSAT. This evening presentation for parents/guardians is offered as part of our continuing efforts to keep everyone apprised of this much debated issue.