In addition to serving as a testing center for national administrations of the ACT, SAT and AP exams, OPRFHS administers nationally-normed standardized tests to all students in grades 8, 9, 10 and 11. These tests serve several purposes. They provide information to students and their families on the student's progress toward college and career readiness and help students prepare for their college entrance exams. They also provide the school with objective measures by which to evaluate the effectiveness of our programs.
The standardized testing schedule may vary from one year to the next but will typically include
- the EXPLORE Test, administered to 8th graders as part of the freshman placement process
- the pre-ACT PLAN test, administered to freshmen
- the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test), administered to interested juniors and sophomores
- an instructional ACT, administered to sophomores
- PARCC assessments (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers), the new state of Illinois assessments of Common Core Standards in English/Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. In 2014-15, the PARCC ELA assessment will be given to all juniors. The PARCC Algebra II assessment will be given to all students enrolled in a course that teaches the standards assessed on that test. Families of students being tested will receive more information in the spring of the school year.