Tuesday, February 23, 2016

A letter to high school parents about the SAT on March 2

As you know, juniors in the Manchester School District are scheduled to participate in the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, as part of the statewide assessment system under New Hampshire RSA 193:C.

The testing duration, including required breaks, lunch for students taking the optional essay portion, transition time to the optional essay portion, and the essay portion itself, is approximately 5 hours and 30 minutes in total. The test will begin at 8:00 AM, the non-essay portion will end around 11 :30 AM, and the essay portion will end no later than 1 :30 PM. Of course, these times are approximate and do not account for students with approved extended time.

We want to provide a testing environment free from distraction with appropriate testing measures. In order for us to achieve this goal, we believe that no other high school students should participate in the school day on campus. Therefore, students in grades 9, 10, and 12 will not report to school on March 2, 2016; all middle and elementary school students will attend school as normal, and instruction will continue without any interruption to the hours required for school operations.

We believe this plan addresses our goal for our students and will provide the maximum opportunity for student success on this important test. We believe our students will perform well based on their past performances on the PSAT, and we look forward to their results, having been afforded the best testing environment available.

Debra Livingston, Ed.D
Superintendent of Schools

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