Rahway High School Students Prepare for High Stakes Testing

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Mr. Vinci’s Algebra II students work on a warm-up (Do Now) exercise for HSPA. (Photo courtesy of Rahway High School)

Mr. Vinci’s Algebra II students work on a warm-up (Do Now) exercise for HSPA. (Photo courtesy of Rahway High School)

RAHWAY — On March 6, 7, and 8, juniors at Rahway High School and throughout New Jersey will take the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) which measures the knowledge and skills needed to be able to be a productive citizen and to succeed on the job, in college, or in the military. Students are required to pass the HSPA to graduate from high school. Freshmen and sophomores take another test that predicts how likely it is that they will pass the HSPA as juniors.

Art students have contributed to motivating HSPA test takers by creating an attractive banner. (Photo courtesy of Rahway High School)

Art students have contributed to motivating HSPA test takers by creating an attractive banner. (Photo courtesy of Rahway High School)

To help students prepare for this testing, Rahway has instituted a number of practices. Students are being instructed in small-group tutorial sessions once a week. Mathematics teachers start each class with a warm-up (Do Now) problem that emphasizes an HSPA skill. Science teachers focus on data analysis activities similar to what the HSPA contains. Math Club members are creating HSPA posters for bulletin boards, and the broadcast journalism class (Kudos) is making commercials to appeal to students’ minds and hearts in the days immediately before the test. Even art students have helped out by creating a motivational banner. Finally, on the day on which students take the test, they will start their day with a school-provided breakfast.

 


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