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Step 1: Scoring the Reading Placement Assessments

Score the Reading assessment using the instructions in the test booklet. Use the results to determine which assessment to take next in order to achieve the appropriate level of mastery:

A. Student DID NOT Master the First Reading Placement Test Administered

If your student did not master the first placement assessment you administered, give the next lower numbered assessment. Move backward one assessment at a time until your child achieves a mastery score, or until your child has taken the lowest available assessment.

 
 

Example:

 

Mary took Reading Assessment 6 and scored a 12 (not mastered).

 

Mary took Reading Assessment 5 Part A and scored a 16 (not mastered). No need to take Reading Assessment 5 Part B because both must be mastered.

 

Mary took Reading Assessment 4 Part A and scored a 21 Mary took the Reading Assessment 4 Part B and scored a 17 (BOTH mastered).

 

According to the Reading Placement Table below, Mary achieved mastery on the Reading Assessments 4 Part A and B and would be placed in fifth grade.

B. Student DID Master the First Reading Placement Test Administered

If your child mastered the first placement assessment you administered, give the next higher numbered assessment. Move forward one test at a time until your child does not achieve a mastery score, or until your child has taken the highest available test.

 

Example:

 

Mike took the Reading Assessment 4 Part A and scored a 22 Mike took the Reading Assessment 4 Part B and scored a 24 (BOTH mastered).

 

Mike took Reading Assessment 5 Part A and scored a 13 (not mastered). No need to take Reading Assessment 5 Part B because both must be mastered.

 

According to the Reading Placement Table below, Mike achieved mastery on the Reading Assessments 4 Parts A and B and would be placed in fifth grade.

 

Reading Mastery Table
 

Test Number Mastery Score
Basic Phonics Assessment 86 or more items correct
Advanced Phonics Assessment 60 or more items correct
Reading Assessment 1 20 or more items correct
Reading Assessment 2 Part A 20 or more items correct
Reading Assessment 2 Part B 13 or more items correct
Students MUST achieve mastery on BOTH parts of the Reading Assessment 2
Reading Assessment 3 Part A 20 or more items correct
Reading Assessment 3 Part B 14 or more items correct
Students MUST achieve mastery on BOTH parts of the Reading Assessment 3
Reading Assessment 4 Part A 20 or more items correct
Reading Assessment 4 Part B 14 or more items correct
Students MUST achieve mastery on BOTH parts of the Reading Assessment 4
Reading Assessment 5 Part A 20 or more items correct
Reading Assessment 5 Part B 18 or more items correct
Students MUST achieve mastery on BOTH parts of the Reading Assessment 5
Reading Assessment 6 20 or more items correct
Reading Assessment 7 20 or more items correct

 

Reading Placement Table
 

Highest Test Mastered K12 Recommendation
Basic Phonics Assessment Grade 1
Advanced Phonics Assessment and Reading Assessment 1 Grade 2
Reading Assessment 2 Parts A and B Grade 3
Reading Assessment 3 Parts A and B Grade 4
Reading Assessment 4 Parts A and B Grade 5
Reading Assessment 5 Parts A and B English A
Reading Assessment 6 English B
Reading Assessment 7 Literary Analysis and Composition

Note: If your student did not master the Basic Phonics Assessment, we recommend Kindergarten, Semester 1.

 

Step 2: Scoring the Language Skills Placement Tests (Grades 3 - Middle School only)

Score the assessment using the answer key that accompanies it. Use the Mastery Table to determine whether your student mastered the first assessment taken.

 

Language Skills Mastery Table
 

Test Number Mastery Score
Language Skills Assessment 1 20 or more items correct
Language Skills Assessment 2 26 or more items correct
Language Skills Assessment 3 29 or more items correct
Language Skills Assessment 4 37 or more items correct
Language Skills Assessment 5 36 or more items correct
 

  Language Skills Placement Table
 

Highest Test Mastered K12 Recommendation
Language Skills Assessment 1 Grade 4
Language Skills Assessment 2 Grade 5
Language Skills Assessment 3 English A
Language Skills Assessment 4 English B
Language Skills Assessment 5 Literary Analysis and Composition

Note: If your student did not master the Language Skills Assessment 1, we recommend Grade 3.

 

Step 3: Scoring the Writing Placement Tests (Grades 3 - Middle School only)

Score the assessment using the scoring key. Your student only needs to take one of these tests. Use the Mastery Table to determine whether your student mastered the assessment taken.

 

Writing Mastery Table
 

Test Number Mastery Score
Writing Assessment 1 Partial Mastery: 13-17 points
Mastery: 18 or more points
Writing Assessment 2 Partial Mastery: 15-17 points
Mastery: 18 or more points
Writing Assessment 3 Partial Mastery: 14-17 points
Mastery: 18 or more points
Writing Assessment 4 Partial Mastery: 21-24 points
Mastery: 25 or more points
Writing Assessment 5 Partial Mastery: 21-24 points
Mastery: 25 or more points
 

Writing Placement Table
 

Highest Test Mastered K12 Recommendation
Writing Assessment 1 Partial Mastery: Grade 3
Mastery: Grade 4
Writing Assessment 2 Partial Mastery: Grade 4
Mastery: Grade 5
Writing Assessment 3 Partial Mastery: Grade 5
Mastery: English A
Writing Assessment 4 Partial Mastery: English A
Mastery: English B
Writing Assessment 5 Partial Mastery: English B
Mastery: Literary Analysis and Composition

Note: If your student did not master the Writing Assessment 1, we recommend Grade 2.

 

Step 4: Determining Grades 3 - Middle School Placement Based on the Reading and Language Skills Tests

After scoring the Language Skills Placement Tests AND the Reading Placement Tests, follow the directions below to find the best placement for your student. Using the Test Results and Selecting the Best Placement for Your Student:

  • If the Language Skills test result is the SAME AS OR HIGHER than the Reading test result, select the grade indicated by the Reading test.
  • If the Reading test result is ONE GRADE HIGHER than the Language Skills test result, select the grade indicated by the Reading test.
  • If the Reading test result is TWO GRADES HIGHER than the Language Skills test results, select the average grade between the two. Example: If Mary's Language Skills Placement test resulted in a recommendation of grade 2 and Mary's Reading Placement test resulted in a recommendation of grade 4, we recommend grade 3.

Step 5: Determining Grades 3 - Middle School Placement Based on the Reading, Language Skills, and Writing Tests

After scoring the Language Skills Placement Test AND the Reading Placement Test, follow the directions below to find the best placement for your student. Using the Writing Assessment Results and Selecting the Best Placement for Your Student If the scores of two of the three English tests are HIGHER, select the higher level for your student's placement. If two of the three scores are LOWER, select the lower level for your student's placement. For example:

  • If the Writing test result is the SAME AS OR HIGHER than the Reading test and Language Skills test results, select the grade indicated by the Reading and Language Skills tests.
  • If the Reading and Language Skills test results are LOWER than the Writing test results, select the grade indicated by the Reading and Language Skills tests.
  • If the Language Skills test results and the Writing test results are LOWER than the Reading test results, select the grade indicated by the Writing and Language Skills tests.

Final Steps for K12 Virtual Academy Enrollees

If you haven't already done so, give the Math placement tests. After you have given both the Language Arts/English and Math tests, report your student's scores online. You will need to report the scores for all of the assessments you have given, not just the final ones that determined placement. Using the Results of the Placement Test(s) Please keep in mind that these tests provide just one source of evidence about a student's abilities. To decide on the best grade level, you should also consider information such as:

Questions? Please review our Placement Test FAQs (PDF) or call 1-888-YOUR K12.

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