8th Grade Testing for Freshman Year Course Recommendations

OPRFHS administers tests for freshman year course recommendations in English, Math, Science, History, and World Language. Eighth grade residents of Oak Park and River Forest who intend to enroll in the ninth grade year at OPRFHS are required to take the tests, except that students who take the DLM instead of PARCC typically do not take the tests. 

8th grade testing this year will take place at OPRFHS on Saturday, December 2, and Saturday, December 9, 2017. For all children currently residing and attending school in Oak Park or River Forest, parents will be notified in November of their child's assigned date and time for the tests, which will include the following:

·       STAR Math and Reading Screeners. 34-item online assessments that replace the EXPLORE test used in prior years. Star assessments adapt as students respond to questions. A correct answer to question 1, for example, will lead to a slightly more challenging item for question 2. An incorrect answer to question 2 would lead to a slightly easier problem for #3.  We believe these assessments have advantages over the older, non-adaptive EXPLORE tests in providing information about your child's strengths and needs. They will also take approximately half the time to administer compared to EXPLORE.

Click here for a parent guide to the STAR Assessments.

·       OPRFHS math test, including supplemental math items from retired PLAN and ACT tests. These items will focus on advanced algebra and geometry concepts that are not included on the Star math test. Click here for sample test items.

·       Spanish, French, and Italian language tests. Students currently enrolled in Spanish, French, or Italian who intend to continue in the same language in high school will also take a world language placement test for that language. Other language options to begin at OPRF are Chinese, German, Japanese and Latin. No testing is required for these languages, unless your child has significant prior experience in the language. To arrange a test in a language other than Spanish, French or Italian, please call Ms. Claudia Sahagun, World Languages Division Head, at 708.434.3884. 

If your family lives in Oak Park or River Forest,  your child attends school outside the communities, and you plan for your child to enroll at OPRFHS as a freshman in the fall of 2018, please call the Office of Assessment and Research (708-434-3573) to get on our mailing list for testing and related communications.

OPRFHS uses the test results along with information from the 8th grade school (standardized test results, 8th grade course and grade information), as well as family input, to recommend courses in English, Math, Science, History, and World Language for the freshman year.

You and your child may find the test results useful in planning high school courses to build upon academic strengths and address areas for academic improvement.

District 200 works with staff from the middle schools to implement testing accommodations consistent with a child’s IEP or 504 Plan.

If you have any questions about the tests or the use of the test results, please contact Amy Hill at 708.434.3373 or ahill@oprfhs.org.  For questions about testing accommodations, please contact your child’s teacher or case manager at the middle school.