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Standardized Testing

Purpose and Context

We take a pragmatic approach to standardized testing at Catherine Cook. Standardized tests are an important part of the high school admission process, and we make sure that students are prepared to show what they know and to approach testing strategically and with confidence. Test-taking skills are also life skills, as tests can be an important factor in creating future options in school and in life.

Throughout Middle School, we keep standardized testing in perspective. Standardized tests are not a direct measure of the curriculum at Catherine Cook, nor are they the only measure used by the many high schools to which our students matriculate. They are one piece of important data among many.

Doing well in our challenging Middle School curriculum is the best preparation for building the skills and knowledge needed to perform well on standardized tests. We target specific instruction each year toward building test-taking skills. We also review results as Grade level teams and use what we learn to inform instruction.

Test Information for 2021-2022

Fall 2021 | Stanford Test for Class of 2023 and 2024 (current 6th-7th)

Spring 2022 | Stanford Test for Class of 2023, 2024, and 2025 (current 5th-7th)

The public high school landscape in Chicago is dynamic. Catherine Cook stays attuned to changes in testing practices and disseminates information to families as needed.

Families engaged in the high school admission process may contact Eddie Pryce at epryce@ccookschool.org with questions.

Other questions? Please reach out to your child’s subject area teacher or to cstutts@ccookschool.org.