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Explore Student Presentation 2013-14

  1. 1. 2013/2014 th Grade 8
  2. 2. Why did we take the EXPLORE?  EXPLORE shows you your academic strengths and weaknesses in English, math, reading, and science  EXPLORE helps you search for careers and learn which ones might be right for you  EXPLORE helps you choose high school courses that will prepare you for college and work 2
  3. 3. Your Scores 3
  4. 4. What do your scores mean? Composite score  Can range anywhere between 1 (the lowest score you can receive) and 25 (the highest score you can receive)  It is the average of your English, mathematics, reading, and science test scores 4
  5. 5. How do you compare with other students who took the EXPLORE? To the right of your scores, you will notice percentages. Those percentages can be read two ways. For example, if your composite percentage is a 47%, this means: 1) 47% of other 8th grade students in the United States scored at or below your composite score or 2) You scored as high or higher than 47% of other 8th grade students in the United States EXPLORE Interpretive Visuals 12/2006 5
  6. 6. EXPLORE Average Test Score 2013/14 Composite Science National Truman Sperreng Reading Math English 0 5 10 15 20 6
  7. 7. Your Estimated PLAN Composite Score Range EXPLORE Interpretive Visuals 12/2006 7
  8. 8. Your Estimated PLAN Composite Score Range EXPLORE was designed as the starting point of a long-term assessment system that continues with PLAN and ACT. All three tests cover the same subject areas. You will take the PLAN in 10th grade and the ACT in 11th and/or 12th grade. The material tested gets more difficult and the composite score range increases. The highest score you can receive on the PLAN is a 32 and on the ACT is a 36. 8
  9. 9. Your High School Course Plans Compared to Core 9
  10. 10. Your High School Course Plans Compared to Core  Core means the minimum number of high school courses recommended to prepare for college. The core numbers also match Lindbergh High School’s graduation requirements in each of these subjects.  When making your four-year high school plan, consider not only the number of courses you take, but also the content level, and challenge of those courses. For example, successfully completing additional courses like Speech, Trigonometry, Calculus, Physics, and advanced history courses can result in higher ACT scores. 10
  11. 11. Areas in Which You Would Like Additional help 11
  12. 12. Your Reported Needs  Do you see a need for help in the same areas where your test scores are weakest?  Talk to your parents, teachers, and counselor for extra assistance in getting the help you need to address these specific needs. For example, we offer Reading and Math Intervention classes. 12
  13. 13. College/World of Work Readiness 13
  14. 14. College/World of Work Readiness 1) Are your scores at or above the benchmark scores? If so, you are doing well, but keep working hard. There is still a lot you need to learn. 2) Are your scores below the benchmark scores? It’s important to start taking action now. Talk to your teachers or counselor about how you can improve in these areas. Remember, there is still time to get on track. Review the suggestions for improving your skills on the back of your report. 14
  15. 15. Your Career Possibilities 15
  16. 16. Step 3: Exploring Career Options Ways to EXPLORE: 1. 2. 3. Talk to teachers, parents, and other adults about occupations related to the subjects you like. Read books on careers (ex. Occupational Outlook Handbook or Guide for Occupational Exploration) Visit www.explorestudent.org. This website provides descriptions, salary, growth and entry requirements on careers in all 26 Career Area lists. 16
  17. 17. It’s Your Future: Using Your EXPLORE Results Student Guide to EXPLORE 17
  18. 18. IMPORTANT DATES SPERRENG / TRUMAN 1) Team Assemblies in Little Theater (SP) and Band Room (TR) with the High School Counselor: SPERRENG: Tuesday, 1/14 8 Green – 2nd period 8 Gold – 3rd period TRUMAN: 8 Green – Thurs. 1/16 8 Gold – Friday, 1/17 18
  19. 19. IMPORTANT DATES SPERRENG / TRUMAN 2) Class Presentations in Social Studies Classes with the High School Counselor SPERRENG: TRUMAN: 8 GREEN – Tuesday, January 21st 8 GREEN – Thursday, January 23rd 8 GOLD – Wednesday, January 22nd 8 GOLD – Monday, January27th 19
  20. 20. IMPORTANT DATES SPERRENG and TRUMAN 3) Wednesday, January 29, 2014 Curriculum Night Lindbergh High School 6:00 – 7:00 pm – 8th grade only (Cafeteria) 7:00 – 8:00 pm – all grades (Main Gym) 20
  21. 21. IMPORTANT DATES SPERRENG / TRUMAN 4) High School Course Selection Sheets due to Social Studies Teacher (both teams): Friday, February 7th 5) Course Requests Entered through Social Studies Classes (both teams): SPERRENG - Tuesday, February 11th TRUMAN – Thursday, February 13th 21
  22. 22. ACTION PLAN FOR PARENTS 9TH-12TH GRADES 1. 2. 3. 4. Discuss course registration with your students-honors vs. regular-how many? And how much homework? Directed vs. self-directed. Have your student take care of graduation requirements in non-core areas (P.E., Fine Arts, Etc…) in 9th and 10th grade. Have room in your 11th and 12th grade student’s schedule for college/career course work. Support your students as they adjust to high school course work-but insist that they take ownership for classroom expectations. Support and help your students to maintain a balance in their life between: school work, extra-curricular activities, social life, and a part-time job. For Most Students: School work is the one that will determine their future quality of life. Any questions????-Don’t hesitate to contact me. Irv Mueller/District Honors Coordinator 729-2410 ext. 1711 imueller@lindberghschools.ws 22