This communication is to inform you that all 9th - 11th grade students in Fort Bend ISD will take the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test), on October 16, 2019. The PSAT 8/9 is the first in the College Board’s “SAT Suite of Assessments,” and is aligned with the newly designed SAT that went into effect March 2016.
9th grade - At several points along its path, the SAT Suite of Assessments connects students to programs that recognize academic excellence and award college scholarships. Scores from the PSAT 8/9 ARE NOT used in any scholarship or recognition programs. The purpose of the PSAT 8/9 is to establish a starting point in terms of college and career readiness at the time when students are transitioning to high school. This exam serves as a “check-in” on progress, allowing students, parents and teachers to pinpoint areas for focused practice as students progress through high school.
10th Grade - At several points along its path, the SAT Suite of Assessments connects students to programs that recognize academic excellence and award college scholarships. Scores from the PSAT/NMSQT for 10th graders ARE NOT used in any scholarship or recognition programs. The purpose of the PSAT/NMSQT is to help identify strengths and weaknesses in terms of college and career readiness. This exam serves as a “check-in” on progress, allowing students, parents and teachers to pinpoint areas for focused practice as students progress through high school.
11th Grade - At several points along its path, the SAT Suite of Assessments connects students to programs that recognize academic excellence and award college scholarships. Scores from the PSAT/NMSQT for 11th graders ARE used in many scholarship and recognition programs. The purpose of the PSAT/NMSQT is to help identify strengths and weaknesses in terms of college and career readiness. This exam is cosponsored by College Board and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation and serves an entry point to nearly $180 million in scholarship dollars.
The PSAT includes 2 hours and 45 minutes of actual testing time and 15 minutes of breaks. There will be tests in reading, writing and language, math (given in 2 portions – one with no calculator and one on which a calculator is permitted, although not required) and a variable section with questions from all three of those areas.
Regarding calculator use and approved calculators, the College Board states, “All questions can be solved without a calculator, but a scientific or graphing calculator is recommended [for the portion of the math test on which a calculator is permitted]…….Students are encouraged to bring their own calculators. Students may NOT use:
- laptops or other computers, tablets, cell phones, or smartphones;
- models that can access the Internet, have wireless, Bluetooth, cellular, audio/video, recording and playing, camera or any other smartphone-type feature;
- models that have typewriter-like keypad, pen-input, or stylus; or
- models that use electrical outlets, make noise, or have paper tape.”
The following calculators ARE ALLOWED on the PSAT Math Portion that permits calculator use.
All scientific calculators are acceptable to use on the PSAT. Any four-function calculator can be used (though not recommended). The following is a list of approved graphing calculators for the PSAT. No other graphing calculator may be used.
FX 1.0 series
Algebra FX 2.0 series
TI-83 Plus Silver
TI-84 Plus CE
TI-84 Plus Silver
TI-84 Plus C Silver
TI Nspire CAS
TI-Nspire CX CAS
TI-Nspire CM-C CAS
TI-Nspire CX-C CAS
**The use of the stylus is not permitted.
As stated above, it is recommended that students bring their own calculators, although the use of a calculator is not required since all questions can be solved without a calculator. Schools will not provide calculators on test day for 9th and 10th graders unless in a student IEP the PSAT is a clear assessment identified as needing calculator. It is not necessary for you to purchase a graphing calculator. Scientific calculators, which many households already have, will be sufficient for this exam. Also, many of them can be purchased inexpensively.
Khan Academy and the College Board (makers of SAT) have partnered to provide free and affordable SAT practice at the following website. https://sat.collegeboard.org/practice
Decemeber 2019 STAAR Retest Dates
December STAAR EOC Results Information
If your student took a STAAR EOC Retest in June or December, then their results are expected to be posted and available to view in the Student Portal. Or can access student scores at www.texasassessment.com by using the student social security number, DOB and name.
Summer results are projected to be in by late July and December scores are in towards the middle to end of January 2020. Please feel free to begin going to the Student Portal and looking for results at that time. As a reminder, STAAR student reports are no longer sent home in the mail and are only available on the Student Portal. For instructions on how to access your child's scores online, please click this link. If you still have difficulty, please feel free to contact me.
December 10 - English I
December 11 - Biology AND U.S. History
Decemner 12 - English II
December 13 - Algebra I
Edgenuity Online Tutorials Available for STAAR Retesters
If you check your STAAR results and find that you are in need of a STAAR EOC Retest for Spring 2019, then you will be enrolled into the Edgenuity Online EOC Tutorial Program to help you prepare for your retest. You are STRONGLY encouraged to participate. It is free and can be accessed 24 hours a day from anywhere you have Internet access, including a cell phone. To get started, go to learn.education2020.com, and click on students.
- Your username is district\your student ID.
- For example, district\123456. DO NOT PUT THE LEADING 0 IN THE FRONT OF YOUR STUDENT ID NUMBER.
- Your password is the password you use to logon to the computers at school.
You should be able to access your needed course by the beginning of February. If you have any problems getting logged in, please see Mr. Amos in the back right corner of the library.
Spring 2020 STAAR EOC Test Dates
English I: April 7
English II: April 9
Make up: APril 10
U.S. History: May 5
Algebra I: May 6
Biology: May 7
Make up day: May 8