National Assessment Measures


Advanced Placement Testing

Advanced Placement (AP) Exams are standardized exams designed to measure how well students have mastered the content and skills of AP courses. AP Exams are administered in May of each year, and each exam has its own unique requirements. Many colleges and universities may grant credit and advanced placement in college coursework when a successful score is earned on related AP Exams. Wissahickon students enrolled in AP courses are required to complete the culminating AP Exam for that course. The College Board


American College Test (A.C.T.)

“The American College Test is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science. The A.C.T. with writing includes the four subject area tests plus a writing test. A.C.T. results are accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the United States.” ACT


National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

“National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is administered by the commissioner of Education Statistics from the United States Department of Education and is an assessment used to measure what American students know and can do. It is given to students in grades 4, 8, and 12, across states and urban districts, as randomly selected by the United States Department of Education. Not all schools are selected each year and if a school district is selected, not all grades may be tested.” United States Department of Education


Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT)

The P.S.A.T. is a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT. PSAT is administered to all WSD students in grade 10 and those students in grade 11 who opt to participate. It measures critical reading skills, math problem-solving skills and writing skills. Students receive feedback on their strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. The P.S.A.T. also serves as a qualifier for scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for students in grade 11. The College Board


Scholastic Aptitude Test (S.A.T.)

The SAT tests the reading, writing and mathematics skills that students learn in school, and that are critical for success in college and beyond. There are also the SAT Subject Tests™ which are hour-long, content-based tests that allow students to showcase achievement in specific subject areas. The College Board