All Oak Ridge High School juniors will take the ACT on Tuesday, April 19.
Oak Ridge Schools’ goal is to improve the college and career readiness of all Oak Ridge students in order to provide them with a better foundation of knowledge and skills, allowing them to be prepared for a more technologically sophisticated and internationally competitive working world, a press release said. In order to reach this goal, the system has The Seven Keys to College and Career Readiness, and the fifth key is for all students to score an ACT composite of 27 or higher.
“Last year, Oak Ridge High School ranked first among east Tennessee districts in composite ACT scores, but there is still work to be done to reach our goal,” a press release said. “Our next opportunity to shine is coming up in April.”
This year, the City of Oak Ridge is partnering with ORHS to provide secure, quiet space at the Oak Ridge Civic Center for testing, the press release said. All members of the Class of 2017 should report to the Civic Center for testing on the morning of April 19 by 7:30 a.m. Testing should conclude by noon. ORHS school lunch will be available for students who wish to return to ORHS after testing. Students who choose to go home immediately after the testing or immediately after lunch will have an excused absence from their afternoon classes.
Students will be required to present a government-issued photo identification such as a driver’s license, passport, or school id badge. Students should also bring sharpened Number 2 pencils and an ACT-approved calculator. For a full list of ACT rules regarding calculators, please visit www.actstudent.org/faq/calculator.html. According to ACT, using the TI-89 is the most common reason students are dismissed from the ACT for prohibited calculator use. Due to ACT testing security requirements, students will not be allowed to bring cellphones or hats into the testing room.
Parents, please encourage your students to get plenty of rest the night before test day and to dress comfortably and within the Oak Ridge Schools dress code. They should consider dressing in layers so they will be comfortable no matter what the room conditions are. Research suggests a breakfast consisting of protein-rich foods can lead to greater mental alertness. Therefore, encourage your students to skip the doughnuts on April 19 and reach for eggs, nuts, or yogurt. Most of all, give them lots of support and encouragement as they leave for school that morning.
“Best wishes to the Class of 2017 on the ACT!” the press release said.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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