Test preparation days shrink as number of snow days grow
GRAVES COUNTY, Ky.- As most students head back to school this week, many administrators and teachers are focused on how to keep kids on track, especially those who have state tests coming up.
High school students have the most spring testing and an important one is coming up quickly, the ACT.
All juniors are required to take the test and in Kentucky, they all take it on the same day. This year the day is supposed to be March 4, but that may change.
Carla Whitis, the Graves County District Assessment Coordinator, said she got an e-mail from the State Board of Education Monday alerting her to discussion of moving the test back because of the unusual number of snow days across the state.
"If we could move it back, that would be great because for students," said Whitis. "That is a free shot at taking the ACT and an opportunity for them to be prepared and ready to go to college." Since Thanksgiving Graves County Schools have called for 13 snow days, which cuts back on the classroom time teachers have to help students prepare. Whitis said she knows teachers took the two work days last week to try to adjust their lesson plans.
"They're trying to be creative in making sure they can cover all that content," she said.
Steve Bright, the Owner of Sylvan learning Center in Lone Oak said he understands teachers’ frustrations because he thinks the best thing for a student’s studying habits is continuity.
"You know just keeping them going at the same pace," he said. "Whatever program they're doing."
He hasn't had to cancel any classes this winter, but has rearranged tutoring times.
Whitis said she's hopeful the state will do some rearranging next, and push back the ACT test.
The state issued K-PREP tests won't be impacted, because the test window for issuing that exam is the last two weeks of school, so even if the last day changes, the test can, too. The Advanced Placement tests are also scheduled for early May and those won’t change either because they are given on a national level.
Whitis said she is expecting a survey about altering the ACT date on Tuesday and isn't sure when she would hear about if the day gets changed, but expects it to be a quick decision.