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Testing for Course Placement


Ever wonder what we do with test scores?  Secondary schools in Lincoln County often use tests scores not only to see how students are doing in each subject, to see what kind of progress our school is making, and to see if we are meeting our goals.  We also use test scores to place students into courses. 


In order for students to take advanced courses, they must score high enough on assessments.  At LCMS we use PAS, MAP, and college readiness assessments, like CERT, to determine if students qualify for advanced courses--from Algebra I and Spanish I for high school credit to math Pre-AP and advanced ELA.  Students who want to enter these courses need to give their best effort on tests and score at the top levels to qualify. See our course catalog for more information about eligibility and expectations for advanced courses.


Scores are also used to place students into courses for additional help.  Students who do not meet score expectations could be placed in response to intervention (RTI) courses in order to help them improve.  At LCMS these courses last one term unless the student needs additional time.


Students have been testing at different points during this school year--in the fall, winter, and spring.  Students will complete K-PREP from May 8-16, and 8th graders take the CERT on Tuesday.  Scores from these assessments are used to place students in courses for the next school year.  Therefore, students need to do their best as we move forward.

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