11th graders in Austin taking state test this week

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Students will be tested in reading, science, math and writing April 28 and 29. Those who miss the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) will retake it May 12 and 13.

Test results are an indicator of how a student would perform on the ACT college entrance exam. Since 2004, students have been required to complete the PSAE to earn a regular diploma. Students don’t need to achieve a certain score to graduate, but they must complete the exam.

In 2009, the state average of students who met or exceeded standards was 57 percent in reading, 51 percent in science and 52 percent in mathematics.

Last year, the percentage of students at Michele Clark Academy Preparatory Magnet High School who met or exceeded standards totaled 35 percent in reading, 17 percent in science and 14 percent in math, the highest of the public schools in the Austin area. John Marshall Metro High School had the smallest number of students at or above standards, with 8 percent in reading, 2 percent in science and 1 percent in math.

To find the results of any Illinois high school performance on the exam, visit http://www.greatschools.org/test/landing.page?state=IL&tid=10.


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