South Washington County Schools

ACT Testing Day for Juniors: No school for Gr. 9, 10 and 12

The ACT, a college entrance test, is now available at no charge to juniors as a result of state legislation. In accordance with this state law, all current high school juniors in District 833 may participate in the ACT Plus Writing in school on Tuesday, April 19, 2016. The ACT Plus Writing has five components: English, mathematics, reading, science and writing.

As a result, students in grades 9, 10, and 12 will not report to school on Tuesday, April 19. It is the school district’s expectation that all 9th, 10th and 12th grade students will work on academics from home on that day. Academic expectations, including assignments and due dates, will be communicated to your student(s) by individual teachers prior to April 19. 

Information for all students in Grade 11 regarding the ACT Plus Writing on April 19:

Registration: Students do not need to pre-register to take the ACT Plus Writing on April 19. They will fill out the required information ahead of time during the school day.

Attendance: All high school juniors in attendance on Tuesday, April 19, will participate in the ACT Plus Writing testing day. Students are to report directly to their testing assignment location by 8:35 a.m. Students arriving to their testing assignment after 8:50 a.m. will not be admitted to test per ACT rules regarding the official start time.

Schedule & Transportation: School start times will remain the same. Students will test until approximately 1:30 p.m. with one 15-minute break, per ACT guidelines. Students will be dismissed and have the option to leave school at the conclusion of testing; students who choose to remain in the building will be directed to a supervised area. Bus transportation via regular routes will be available at the regular high school dismissal time at 3:05 p.m.

Meals: The school cafeteria will be open as usual with nutritious, protein-packed breakfast options available. A snack will be provided for all students at break time. Students may also choose to bring a snack of their own. Lunch will be available for purchase after testing.

Test Results: Juniors who participate in the ACT Plus Writing may view their scores online three to eight weeks after the April 19 test date if they create a free ACT student web account. This timeline is longer than for the national ACT tests. Students may create an ACT web account at www.actstudent.org. If students have questions about creating an account, they may contact ACT-WebAccount@act.org. Hard copies of test reports will be distributed to students in Fall 2016.

Information from the Minnesota Department of Education: In order to be eligible for a diploma from a Minnesota public high school, all students must fulfill course and credit requirements and follow a college-career readiness plan. All grade 11 students in attendance at the start of the school day on April 19 will take the ACT Plus Writing or an alternate test requirement for high-needs students. ACT Plus Writing can provide information to grade 11 students, their parents, and educators regarding the level of preparedness for postsecondary success on a nationally recognized college entrance exam. There is no minimum score required; however, the results can be used for college entrance or scholarship applications.