H-F ASSESSMENT SYSTEM EXAM
The H-F Assessment System exam is administered to all in-coming freshmen in January of their 8th grade year, as well as to all current freshmen, sophomores and seniors in April when the juniors are taking the PSAE. The data gathered from the H-F Assessment System aids in monitoring and aligning H-F’s instructional program to the intended outcomes for improved student achievement.
The EXPLORE Test, given in October to freshmen, includes four multiple-choice tests:
English – The EXPLORE English Test measures understanding of standard written English: punctuation, grammar and usage, sentence structure, and the use of strategy, organization and style in writing.
Math – The EXPLORE Math Test measures mathematical reasoning. The test focuses on students’ ability to reason in math rather than on how well they have memorized formulas or can do involved computations.
Reading – The EXPLORE Reading Test measures the ability to understand written material from different school subjects. The skills measured include referring to details in the passage, drawing conclusions, and making comparisons and generalizations. The passages are typical of materials students might read in school.
Science – The EXPLORE Science Test measures scientific reasoning skills and the ability to understand scientific information and draw conclusions. Six sets of scientific information are presented in one of three formats: data representation (graphs, tables, and other forms), research summaries (descriptions of several related experiments), and conflicting viewpoints (two or more hypotheses that are inconsistent with one another).
PSAT/NMSQT, given in October to sophomores and juniors, is a standardized test that provides first hand practice for the SAT Reasoning Test™. The PSAT/NMSQT measures critical reading skills, math problem-solving skills and writing skills.
The PLAN Test is given in April to freshmen. The PLAN Test includes four multiple-choice tests:
English – The PLAN English Test measures understanding of standard written English: punctuation, grammar and usage, sentence structure, and the use of strategy, organization and style in writing.
Math – The PLAN Math Test measures mathematical reasoning. The skills tested are those students learn in first and second year high school courses (Pre-Algebra, first-year Algebra and Plane Geometry).
Reading – The PLAN Reading Test measures reading comprehension by focusing on skills such as referring to details in a passage, drawing conclusions, and making comparisons and generalizations.
Science – The PLAN Science Test measures scientific reasoning skills, based on material that is typically taught in first and second year high school general science courses. The material includes topics in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology, Astronomy and Meteorology.
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a group of states working together to develop a set of assessments that measure whether students are on track to be successful in college and their careers. These computer-based K–12 assessments in Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy give teachers, schools, students and parents better information whether students are on track in their learning and for success after high school, and tools to help teachers customize learning to meet student needs. The PARCC assessments will be administered to students in a 3rd year English course (mostly juniors) and Algebra II. More info can be found by clicking here.