Classroom and Standardized

  • Testing in Cloquet Public Schools
    Cloquet Public Schools Testing and Assessment program incorporates state-wide testing, local standardized testing, and classroom assignments and observation to provide a complete profile of student achievement and curricular strengths and weaknesses. Compared to both national norms and state-wide test results, Cloquet students perform exceedingly well.
    Local Tests include:
    AIMSweb is a “progress monitoring system based on direct, frequent and continuous student assessment used in both elementary schools K-5 to assess progress in reading and math. 
    1. Benchmark – Assess all students three times per year for universal screening (early identification), general education progress monitoring, and AYP accountability.
    2. Strategic Monitor – Monitor at-risk students monthly and evaluate the effectiveness of instructional changes.
    3. Progress Monitor – Write individualized annual goals and monitor more frequently for those who need intensive instructional services.” 
    S.T.A.R. Reading and Math is a computerized test given in grades 1-8 that “determines the appropriate level of challenge for each student to personalize practice and individualize instruction.” 
    ASVAB: (The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) is the most widely used multiple-aptitude test battery in the world. As an aptitude test, the ASVAB measures your strengths, weaknesses, and potential for future success. The ASVAB also provides you with career information for various civilian and military occupations and is an indicator for success in future endeavors whether you choose to go to college, vocational school, or a military career.” This test is given in eleventh grade.,,ASVAB_Explained1.html  
    PSAT: “It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT Reasoning Test™. It also gives you a chance to enter National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) scholarship programs. The PSAT/NMSQT measures: critical reading skills, math problem-solving skills, and writing skills.” This test is given in eleventh grade.
    ACCUPLACER: The purpose of ACCUPLACER tests is to provide useful information about academic skills in math, English, and reading. The results of the assessment, in conjunction with academic background, goals, and interests, are used by academic advisors and counselors to determine your course selection. This test is given in eleventh grade and used to ascertain placement in some College-in-the-Schools classes.
    ACT PLAN: "As a "pre-ACT" test, PLAN is a powerful predictor of success on the ACT. At the same time, many schools recognize the importance of PLAN testing for all students, as it focuses attention on both career preparation and improving academic achievement." ACT PLAN is given in Grade 10.
    ACT: The ACT is a “national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in reading, math, science, and English. The ACT includes 215 multiple-choice questions and takes approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete, including a short break (or just over four hours if you are taking the ACT Plus Writing). Actual testing time is 2 hours and 55 minutes (plus 30 minutes if you are taking the ACT Plus Writing). The ACT is administered on five test dates—in October, December, February, April, and June. In selected states, the ACT is also offered in September.” The test can be taken in the eleventh and twelfth grades.
    SAT: The SAT is also a college admissions test covering writing, mathematics, and reading. Although the test is not given at CHS, support is provided to help students register for the test at a location in Duluth. Students may take the test in eleventh and twelfth grade. For more information: