Placement Testing for Incoming Freshmen - December 2013
Incoming freshmen who attend parochial or private schools are asked to take placement tests in English and Math. These tests will be given at York on the two dates below. Both tests can be taken on the same evening, or students may choose to take the tests on separate evenings.
Please note: For students who take Algebra during their 8th grade year, a test over second semester topics is required. All 8th grade Algebra students at Bryan, Churchville, and Sandburg will take the test at their home school during the school day. Parochial and private school students in 8th grade Algebra will need to come to York to take their test in the evening.
|Wednesday, Dec. 4|
|5:30 - 6:15 p.m.||Math||York Study Hall A290|
|6:30 - 8:15 p.m.||English||York Forum Room A294|
|Thursday, Dec. 5|
|5:30 - 7:15 p.m.||English||York Forum Room A294|
|7:30 - 8:15 p.m.||Math||York Study Hall A290|
On the evening of the test, students should enter the building through the Academic Entrance and follow signs to the testing rooms on the 2nd floor.
Registering for the test:
Registering for the test: To register for the test online, please click the appropriate link below. If you wish to sign up for a math test, please be sure to select the course your student is currently taking. To register by phone, call Academic Secretary Jennifer Arnold at 630-617-2493. Click below to access the objectives for various tests.
English Placement Test -
The English placement test for York High School asks students to write a persuasive essay in response to a prompt (sample below), using the provided data to support their argument. Students will be assessed on their ability to write an organized, focused argument that incorporates relevant evidence in support of their claim. Their essays will be scored collaboratively by a team of eighth and ninth grade teachers from the district.
Each year, the principal at Duke Middle School reviews school policies. This year, technology policies are being reviewed – specifically the school ban on iPods. Some parents and teachers support the ban on student use of iPods at school. They argue that iPods distract students from their learning, isolate them from each other, and even encourage cheating. On the other hand, some students, parents, and teachers argue that iPods help some students focus, allow students to express their individuality through music, and can be a great learning tool.
The principal is holding a meeting to decide whether or not District #502 should allow middle school students to use their iPods during the school day. After researching the information on the following pages* and using what you know about technology in schools, write a letter to the principal with your own recommendation. Should students at Duke Middle School be allowed to use iPods during the school day?
* for the actual prompt several pieces of information would be provided: interviews, news articles, graphs, etc.
Pre-Algebra Test -
This test is not an achievement test and does not cover standard classroom topics, such as fractions and equations. Instead, it looks at students’ ability to see patterns and express them with symbols, as well as their ability to learn material from reading and from graphs. These are important skills in learning algebra.
Algebra Test -
Part of this test is done with a calculator and part without. Students show their work when solving problems related to the following topics: