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Standardized Testing


A set of web- based tests that provide teachers with knowledge of each student’s current instructional level. The test helps measure academic growth throughout the school year and from year to year in the areas of Mathematics, Reading, and Language Usage.

Students’ results are sent home at the end of each testing cycle, including the RIT scores for every season their children were previously tested.  The information provided also contained EA’s average score in each category and the average score for the norm group.  The information also showed “Student Growth” and “Typical Growth” the child made from the Fall testing cycle to the Spring testing cycle in each category.
Escuela Americana compares student results on MAP testing with the international mean scores (with the mean score of all international test takers). EA students’ results are higher than US norms and higher than the norms of other schools of the Tri-Association of Schools and AASA ( Association of American Schools of South America) of which Escuela Americana is a member.
EA students have shown constant growth and are above or equal to the International Schools average since they began taking MAP tests in the Lower School.

The Educational Records Bureau (ERB) Writing Assessment Program is a direct measure of writing. Middle School Students provide a writing sample on a prompt or topic, provided by ERB. The students’ papers are sent to ERB and scored by trained readers on six criteria: Overall Development, Organization, Support, Sentence Structure, Word Choice, and Mechanics.
It is through the analysis of the assessment results in January that teachers plan out writing instruction for the remaining part of the year.  The scores help address over-all and individualized writing needs in an effort to improve student writing.


In the Upper School, besides the regular assessment which includes midyear and final exams for each course, students in grades 9-11 take the PSAT once a year in October. The PSAT is a practice test for the SAT which students may later take optionally if applying to US universities.

Upper school students may also take the ACT. The ACT is a standardized test that measures a student's skills in five core areas: English, math, reading, science, and writing (optional). Students in grades 11 and 12 take the ACT so that they can submit their scores to colleges as part of the college application process. The ACT is a leading US college admissions test, measuring what students learn in high school to determine their academic readiness for college.
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The Escuela Americana 9th and 10th Grade English classes take the WRAP assessment (Writing Assessment Program) during month of November.  The writing evaluation is administered by ERB, a company that provides educational services geared toward improving instruction and student achievement.  Through this evaluation, students at these grade levels work on an argumentative essay prompt provided by WRAP.  These essays are submitted to ERB on-line and independently evaluated by readers who hold a Master of Arts in English.  The six trait rubric used to assess the essays examine the over-all development of an essay, organization, support, sentence structure, word choice, and mechanics.
It is through the analysis of the assessment results in January that 9th and 10th grade teachers plan out writing instruction for the remaining part of the year.  The scores help address over-all and individualized writing needs in an effort to improve student writing.

The SAT is the most widely used standardized test for college admissions and its main areas are Critical Reading, Mathematics and Writing. The SAT is a standardized test for college admissions to the United States and is intended to assess a student's readiness for college.  A high percentage of Escuela Americana juniors and seniors who are applying for admission to U.S. colleges and universities take the SAT Exam.

Escuela Americana student averages are considerably above the reported College Board averages.  This considering that 95 % of our test takers are non-native English Speakers and those scores are reported from the junior year compared to Senior College-Bound test takers.

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Upper School students enrolled in an Advanced Placement Class (AP) take the AP exam in May. The AP program is a curriculum in the United States sponsored by the College Board which offers standardized courses to high school students that are generally recognized to be equivalent to undergraduate courses in college. Participating colleges grant credit to students who obtained high enough scores on the exams to qualify for credit.
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The Learning and Skills Test for Graduates of Secondary Education (PAES) is the standardized test, conducted by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of El Salvador, for all students enrolled in the national Bachillerato Program. Through the PAES, the Ministry of Education (MINED) assesses students' knowledge in four areas: mathematics, social studies, language, and science. To date, the requirement for the student to obtain his or her bachelor degree of the Republic issued by the MINED is that the student submit the test and obtain a passing mark. This score is calculated by subject; 25% of the grade obtained in the PAES with 75% of the final grade reported by the school.