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Contact Information


Dale Detton

RTI/Assessment Coordinator 


Testing Center LGLC-1 and 2








Grade(s):   9-12



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STAR Assessments

Grades:   9, 10   (Required)

Date:  Aug/Sep (Pre-test), December/Jan (Mid-term), May (Post-test)


STAR assessments are computer-adaptive tests that measure reading and math skills.  Teachers use the data to answer questions about their students' learning needs and to improve academic success for all of their students.

Results are also used to estimate students' proficiency on state tests and mastery of standards.

Although it is currently only required for 9th and 10th ELA, Algebra I, and Geometry students,  any teacher/counselor may sign up to assess their students.

Advanced Placement (AP) Exams


Grades:   9-12 (enrolled in AP courses)

Dates:  TBA  (Check the CCRC Website for more information or contact counselor, Eric Takemoto)


AP Exams are college-level exams which will measure how well students have mastered the content and skills of the AP course they are enrolled in.  Students will have the opportunity to earn college credits and advanced placement in college. 


For more information visit:  College Board Website 

ACT Plus Writing


Grade:  11  (Recommended)

Date: February 28, 2023

The state-funded ACT test will be administered to interested 11th graders.  It is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions.

The purpose of the ACT test is to measure a high school student's readiness for college.  Students are tested on the following areas:  English, Reading, Math, Science, and Writing.  The higher you score on the ACT, the more options for attending and paying for college will be available to you.


Test scores will be sent to students via e-mail and hard copies sent to their home address in May. 


Additional benefits:

  • The state pays for the ACT your junior year (school-administered), so you are saving approximately $75

  • Seniors, if you are not satisfied with your (11th grade) scores, you may register to retake it through the official ACT organization; test fees will apply:  Register for the ACT


Grade:  10 (Recommended)

Date: February 28, 2023

The state-funded PreACT test will be administered to all 10th graders.  It will give students an idea of what the ACT will be like, and how well they will do on the actual test.  Students will be tested on the same areas as the regular ACT, minus the writing portion.

In May, students will be given their test results, answer key, and their used test booklet so they can review and prepare for the ACT the following year.

For more information including practice tests, calculator policy, etc. visit:   ACT Website

and the State Testing Website and navigate to the ACT section.

State's Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA)


Grade:  11 (Required)

Dates:  Nov/Dec (ICA--practice)


Dates:  April 2023   



The State DOE requires that all 11th graders take the SBA in ELA/Literacy and Math.  The SBA is aligned with a common core of academic content standards and are designed to measure student progress toward college and career readiness.

Over 155 colleges and universities around the U.S. , including the University of Hawaii system uses SBA scores for placement in Freshman-level English and Math courses.

In Nov/Dec 2022, students will have the opportunity to take the Interim assessment which will mirror the summative assessment.  Teachers and students will use the data to address their students' learning needs and to improve their success on the summative assessment.

For more information about this important assessment, visit: 

State Testing Website and navigate to the SBA Resources section.

SBA Fact Sheet for Parents

State's End of Course (EOC) Exam


Grades:  9-12 (Required for Biology I), Algebra 1 and 2 

Dates:  May 2023

All students enrolled in the following courses will be taking EOC exams this year:  Biology I (mandatory), Algebra I, Algebra II.

EOC exams measure student's proficiency of course content standards, inform instruction, and standardize course expectations.  The Biology I EOC Exam measures proficiency in the Hawaii Content and Performance Standards, and the new Next Gen Standards.  The Algebra I and Algebra II EOC Exams measure proficiency in meeting the Hawaii Common Core Standards.


For more information, including practice tests and other resources, visit:  State Testing Website  

and navigate to the EOC Resources section.

WIDA/Access Exams

Grades:  9-12 (enrolled in ELL courses)

Dates:  Jan/Feb 2023

WIDA Exams are used for screening and assessing English Learners to ensure they are getting appropriate supports and showing growth throughout their high school career.  It is required for all ELL students.

For more information, contact ELL Coordinator, Holland Henderson.
Additional College and Career Information

Additional information about other upcoming assessments, college visitations, and scholarships can be found on the CCRC Website

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