South Washington County Schools

Information regarding April 28 ACT Testing Day for high school juniors

The ACT, a college entrance test, is Minnesota’s new requirement for high school graduation. Beginning this year, all juniors are required to participate in the ACT Plus writing. The ACT Plus Writing has five components: English, mathematics, reading, science and writing.

In accordance with this state law, all current high school juniors in District 833 will participate in the ACT Plus Writing in school on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. 

As a result, students in grades 9, 10, and 12 will not report to school on Tuesday, April 28. It is the school district’s expectation that all students in grades 9, 10 and 12 will work on academics from home on that day. Academic expectations, including assignments and due dates, will be communicated to students by individual teachers prior to April 28. 

Information for all students in Grade 11: Required ACT Plus Writing on April 28

Attendance: It is very important for high school juniors to be in attendance on Tuesday, April 28, for the statewide ACT Plus Writing testing day. Please mark your calendar and avoid scheduling appointments for your student on this date.

Schedule & Transportation: School start times will remain the same. Students will test until approximately 1:15 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: Students who participate in the ACT Plus Writing may view their scores online three to eight weeks after the test date if they create a free ACT student web account. 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 2015.

Questions: If you have any questions regarding plans for ACT testing on April 28, please contact your school’s Student Achievement Specialist; Ashely Ruka at East Ridge School, Stacie Forti at Park High School, or Lisa Hyland at Woodbury High School.

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 graduation assessment requirements. All grade 11 students in attendance at the start of the school day on April 28 are expected to take the ACT Plus Writing or an alternate test requirement for high-needs students. ACT Plus Writing is a required graduation assessment to 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.