Why does my child need more testing?
The admissions testing that we do serves several purposes. Of course, it gives us the opportunity to work with the student so that we have a better idea of whether or not our program will be appropriate for that particular student. For students who subsequently enroll at TNCS, the tests help us to identify remedial needs and to place the student appropriately in Language Fundamentals and Math classes. Each year, we re-test our students in order to measure progress and determine the program for the following year. To do this, we need to be consistent about the tests used.
What tests are part of the process?
We administer the Wide Range Achievement Test (WRAT) and the Stanford Diagnostic Reading Test, along with several writing instruments. Testing generally takes two to two and a half hours.
Why do you require an updated WISC?
We use the WISC to determine the most appropriate ways to teach each student. Although some students' intelligence profiles remain consistent, in our experience many of our students' test profiles will change, sometimes dramatically. Current testing helps to ensure that we are doing the best job possible. For high school students, there is an additional reason for keeping the intelligence testing current; the College Board requires current testing in order to qualify for accommodations such as extended time or a cassette version of the SAT and other college admissions tests.
How will we find out whether or not our child is accepted?
Following the admissions testing, our Admissions Committee studies all of the information in the child's admissions file in order to determine whether or not this is an appropriate placement for the student. We then schedule a feedback appointment. In most instances, admissions decisions are communicated during this conference.