Educational Planning & Assessment
- All 8th grade students will take the Explore test in the fall of their 8th grade year. It is an ACT designed test based on a scale of 1-25. Students will be given benchmark scores in the following areas: English, reading, math and science. Meeting or exceeding the benchmark score is a predictor of not only their potential score on the ACT, but a predictor for future success in entry level college courses. Explore scores are used to determine what Exploratory classes students may potentially need their 8th grade year and will also determine class assignments in high school—ranging from remediation, or assistance courses, to regular and honors courses. The 8th graders this year will take the Explore again on May 10th. This will give them another opportunity to increase their benchmark scores for the purpose of high school scheduling.
- You can access more information regarding Explore here.
- All 10th grade students will take the Plan test in the fall of their sophomore year. It is an ACT designed test based on a scale of 1-32. Students will be given benchmark scores in the following areas: English, reading, math and science. They will also receive a composite score—or an overall score on the Plan that can be correlated to a future ACT composite score. Meeting or exceeding the benchmark score is a predictor of not only their potential score on the ACT, but a predictor for future success in entry level college courses. Plan scores are used to determine what classes and what remediation and/or enhancement students may need their 10th grade year.
- You can access more information regarding Plan here.
- All 11th grade students will take the ACT test in the early Spring of their junior year at Murray High School. This particular opportunity to take the ACT is mandated and paid for by the state of Kentucky. Most students will retake the ACT during the course of their senior year—sometimes multiple times, for the purpose of increasing their composite and benchmark scores. All subsequent times that a student takes the ACT, students must sign-up for and pay for the test. Most colleges and universities require the ACT score as a condition of admission. This score is important because the ACT test is on a scale of 1-36 and is used to predict future success in entry level college courses. If students meet benchmark in all areas (English, reading, math, science) then they can be admitted into college with no restrictions. If students do not meet the minimum benchmark score in any or all of the aforementioned areas, then most post secondary colleges and universities require that students take one or more remediation courses before they can be unconditionally admitted. These remediation courses carry a tuition cost and do not count toward degree completion.
- You can access more information regarding the ACT here.
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