Every year in March, our students in Kindergarten and higher grades participate in a formal standardized test, the Stanford 10 Achievement Test, also commonly referred to as the SAT 10. The purpose of the SAT 10 is to be able to compare the performance of As-Sabeel Academy students with the performance of other students across the nation; participation in the SAT 10 is also one of our many accreditation requirements with SCISA.
The SAT 10 is an untimed, standardized, norm-referenced test. A standardized test is one in which the conditions (i.e., time limits, directions) remain the same for each child who takes the test. A norm-referenced test compares a student’s results with the results from a sample of students in the same grade level taking the test at the same time of year as the student was tested.
About five weeks after testing, parents will receive an individual set of test results, called the “Home Report” for their own children. This report will provide national percentile ranks for the student on each of the five subtests that they are tested on — Reading, Language, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.
A percentile rank does not indicate the percentage of questions a student answered correctly. It is simply a comparison of a student’s score with others who took the same test. Percentile rank scores can range from 1 to 99. For example, if a student scores at the 75th percentile, this means that he or she has performed as well as or better than 75 percent of the rest of the children in the norm group. Since the SAT 10 only compares a child’s performance with that of other children and does not indicate what a child knows or can do, it is not possible to “pass” or “fail” the test.
So, what can parents do to prepare their children?
- Help your children to learn by emphasizing the importance of daily classwork and homework. Provide them with a quiet place to study and check their homework assignments daily.
- Make sure your children are well-rested on test days, and provide a nutritious breakfast.
- Encourage your children to do their best but don’t put undue pressure on them. The SAT 10 is a single performance measure, and as such provides only a snapshot of a child’s knowledge. Multiple assessments must be used to evaluate all of a child’s skills and abilities.