COVID-19 Assessment Guidance

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Assessment Guidelines

ACT

All state-wide assessments for accountability have been canceled for the year. This includes NDSA, NDAA, and ACT. 

Due to the indefinite closure of North Dakota schools, NDDPI has made the difficult decision to cancel all ACT Makeup Testing dates for this spring. ACT has offered North Dakota and its juniors who were not able to test on the initial test date of March 3, 2020, the opportunity to take the ACT with Writing on either the June 2020 or July 2020 national test date, at no cost to them.

NDDPI is currently working with ACT to obtain vouchers. This process will take several weeks. NDDPI will share the vouchers with schools when available.  Schools will be responsible to deliver the vouchers to students. Students will need to go to ACT’s Website to register for the national June 13, 2020 or July 18, 2020 test date, using the state provided voucher, by the registration deadline. On this registration site, students will be able to choose an available test center nearest to them.

Schools must email the NDDPI Assessment Office by Wednesday, April 15, 2020, to request vouchers for their juniors who were not able to test on the initial state ACT test date.  In the email, please provide the number of juniors who need vouchers for either the June 13, 2020 or July 18, 2020 national test dates.  Only one voucher will be allowed per student, but vouchers will work for either test date.

ACT WorkKeys

Window opened on March 3, 2020 and closes March 24, 2020. With the assessment being online, the probability for an extension of the closing date increases. Currently collecting this information. 

ACCESS

Window closed on February 21, 2020.

GED

Individual GED testing locations may be closed due to their contingency plans. Please call ahead.

SAT

*National Testing - In response to the rapidly evolving situation around the coronavirus (COVID-19), the College Board is canceling the May 2, 2020, SAT administration. Makeup exams for the March 14 administration (scheduled March 28) are also canceled. Registered students will receive refunds.

AP Central College Board Updated Guidance on Advanced Placement Exams

The College Board is adapting to the current situation with corona virus frequently.  They are providing free remote learning resources and are investing in the development of a new at home testing option.  The traditional face-to-face exam administration will not take place. 

College board realized that some students will want to take the exam sooner rather than later while the content is fresh while others would prefer time to have more practice.  For each AP subject, there will be two different test dates.

 The college board will have the full exam schedule and specific free response question types on each AP exam and additional test details available April 3, 2020.

The College Board will also unlock any relevant free response questions in AP Classroom for digital use so students can access all practice questions of the type that will appear on the exam. 

AP Central has a listing of AP courses and the units that will be covered on the exam. This will be updated on April 3, 2020 with exam type and dates. 

The College Board is providing instructional support.  Beginning March 25, 2020, students and teachers can attend free, live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. 

These mobile-friendly classes are:

  • Designed to be used alongside work that may be given by schools.
  • Will be recorded and available on-demand so teachers and students can access them any time.
  • Not dependent on current AP teachers continuing instruction. We know many AP teachers now face challenges that would make that impossible.
  • Will focus on reviewing the skills and concepts from the first 75% of the course. There will also be some supplementary lessons covering the final 25% of the course.
    Teachers who are providing remote instruction can continue to leverage AP Classroom, which we introduced at the start of the school year.
  • Within AP Classroom, free-response questions that were only available for in-classroom use due to security concerns will now be unlocked.
  • Teachers will be able to assign questions to students digitally.

Updates will be available at AP Central as College Board releases information. We will keep you updated as information becomes available to us. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Davonne Eldredge, Assistant Director Academic Support at (701) 328-4525.

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