An Important Message From APS

An Important Message From APS
Posted on 01/17/2018
Image of Test Sheet and PencilInformation about ACT testing in February.

As part of the 2017-18 educational school year, the State of Ohio mandates all 11th-grade students across the state to take either the SAT or ACT on one of three specified dates. Akron Public Schools has chosen to administer the ACT to our students on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018. This date will be the last opportunity for our students to take a free ACT provided by the state.

Successful scoring on this test will result in our students meeting graduation requirements, taking college-level courses during their senior year (CCP) and moving one step closer to post-high school planning.

Due to the importance of this test, we are going to greater lengths to create a testing environment that is optimal for student success. Please note that our primary goal for all our 11th-grade students is to complete the ACT in a quiet, distraction-free environment.

As a result, ninth-, 10th- and 12th-graders will not report to school Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018. Only juniors and identified students will be permitted to attend school; these students will receive written letters, all-call phone messages and other reminders during the upcoming weeks leading to the assessment.

College Credit Plus students in grades 9, 10 and 12 must attend college classes. College Credit Plus students in 11th grade must communicate with their professor(s) that they will be taking the ACT on the 27th. The district will provide students with a letter to share with their professor(s). ACT guidelines require us to ensure that all testing rooms are free from distractions and variations.

This means we will have synchronized start times. The official ACT will begin no later than 9 a.m. Our building will open at 7:30 a.m. to accommodate breakfast, with registration beginning at 8:05 a.m.

Feb. 27, 2018, at a Glance
Grade Level Assignment Notes
ninth and 10th grades Complete the English and Reading Practice ACT assignments at home and submit them in order to receive attendance credit for Feb. 27, 2018. Students will complete this assignment online. If students cannot access wifi, they will report to the Public Library or their school for assistance.
11th grade Report to school to complete the state-mandated ACT College Entrance Exam. 7:30-8:05 a.m. - Breakfast; 8:05 a.m. - Registration; 9 a.m.-12:10 p.m. - ACT Test; 12:30-1 p.m. - Grab and Go Lunch/Dismissal.
12th grade Participate in one of the following: College Visit, Senior Project, Community Service Hours, Work. Students will submit a letter indicating which of the options they will be doing on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018. A parent/guardian signature is required on the form for attendance validation. 

Should you have any further questions about this day, please contact your building principal.
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