Academic Resources

M-STEP, PSAT & NWEA testing

NWEA testing happens three time each year and is information that guides our teachers for student learning. The outline of the schedule is:
Fall - first few weeks of school
Winter - during Mid-term exam week and the week after
Spring - during April and May (the opposite month of when they take the M-STEP)

M-STEP testing is the State Summative Assessment for 3rd through 8th grade. Students take the tests in the spring of each year. The state gives us a 4 week testing window to complete the tests.
4th grade (Math, ELA) - May 4th-May 29th
5th grade (Math, ELA, Science, Social Studies) - April 13-May 8th
6th grade (Math, ELA) - May 4th-May 29th
7th grade (Math, ELA) - May 4th-May 29th
8th grade (Science and Social Studies) - April 13-May 8th

PSAT and SAT are the tests the State of Michigan uses as the summative assessment for 8th grade through 11th grade. Our 8th graders take the PSAT 8/9. This test has replaced the Math and ELA portions of the 8th grade M-STEP. 8th grade students take the PSAT all on one day in April. This year's PSAT 8/9 will be given on Tuesday, April 14, 2020.

Below are links to resources for parents about the M-STEP and PSAT

About the M-STEP
Michigan Assessment System Information
What Parents Should Know about Michigan Assessments

How Parents can help their child prepare for the M-STEP
Starting Smarter Flyer
Video about Computer Adaptive Testing
How Parents Can Help Students Prepare for the M-STEP
Online Practice

About the PSAT
FAQs about 8th grade testing
Understanding PSAT 8/9 Scores
College Board PSAT 8/9 Website



Career Cruising


7th and 8th grade students will be working on Career Cruising in their Social Studies classes during the winter months. Students can access their Educational Development Plans (EDPs) at anytime through the website.  
Website: www.careercruising.com

Login:
Username: RIC-(your 7 digit student ID number)
Password: your 8 digit birthday with ALL zeroes


More helpful information to help with your Career choices:
UniversityHQ
Michigan's Hot 50 Careers
Michigan Career Explorer
College or Trade School?
Affording College Guidebook



Study Skills

Article on Study Skills
 from Great Schools
General Study Skills
Learning Styles Quiz
 - Find out your learning style!
Tips for Studying
 according to your Learning Style

Tutoring Info
RHS National Honor Society (NHS) Tutors - FREE
Tutoring Website Michigan E-Library


NWEA Resources

NWEA tests give great information about what our students are ready to learn right now!  Below are some links to resources you can use at home that gives targeted practice in the subject of choice according to RIT score.  If you don't know your RIT score, contact Mrs. May.

For more information about the NWEA test, check out their website!  Click here to go there now.

Khan Academy​ Resources

https://www.khanacademy.org/​
Grades 2-5
Grades 6-12


Testing Tips!

Smart test takers begin reviewing early!


1. Look over your notes and worksheets 
2. Review your previous tests and quizzes and especially focus on making sure you've re-learned anything you may have missed the first time
3. Use strategies that fit your learning style
4. Review a little each day - this keeps the information fresh in your mind and you don't get stressed from trying to cram it all in your brain last minute

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