Blue Valley students in grades 3-8, 10 and 11 will participate in the Kansas State Assessment program in the areas of reading, math, social studies and/or science in the 2014-2015 school year (areas tested vary by grade level). Students in grades 3-8 and 11 will also complete a multi-disciplinary performance task for the first time in the 2014-2015 school year. Students will read a variety of material and then complete an on-demand writing task in response to the texts.
Blue Valley students participate in multiple assessment programs that provide benchmarks for national level performance.
Students in K-8 take the NWEA MAP assessment in both reading and math. This assessment provides instructional data for teachers and measures individual student growth over time. Blue Valley students continue to show growth above what is predicted on a national average.
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High school students may choose to participate in the Advanced Placement examination program. These exams are offered after completion of an Advanced Placement course and are normed at a national level. Colleges and universities may accept scores on these exams as evidence of completion of designated coursework.
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Middle and high school students take the ACT trilogy of assessments that provide performance data in English, mathematics, reading and science. Seventh grade students take the Explore which is normed with 8th grade benchmarks; freshmen students take the Plan which is normed with 10th grade benchmarks; and the most recent graduating class's data comprises the district's yearly ACT average. Mean scores from this trilogy of assessments reveal predicted growth over time; the ACT composite (25.3) and the number of students tested (1,533) are both the highest in district history. As a point of comparison, the national average for the ACT in 2014 was a 21. Nearly 92% of the 2014 graduates took the ACT.
The average SAT score increased in the 2013-14 school year to 1864, well above the national average of 1497; only 18 percent of graduates took the SAT.
The OECD Test for Schools, based on PISA, has been administered in Blue Valley since it was first offered (2012-13). In that short time, average scores have already increased, placing Blue Valley among the top international scorers. In two of three subject areas (reading and mathematics), Blue Valley reached its goal of "beating Finland." The detailed data from the testing company provides powerful instructional information for both middle and high schools.
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The National Student Clearinghouse provides information about Blue Valley graduates. The percentages of Blue Valley students enrolling, remaining and graduating from college continue to be well above the national average. This college-readiness data is complemented by the high percentage of students who participate in college-credit bearing courses during their experience at a Blue Valley high school (91.4 percent in 2014).