North Lawrence Community School Board announces SAT testing requirement


BEDFORD – During the North Lawrence Community School board meeting on Thursday, October, 21 it was announced that the SAT is the newly required assessment test for Juniors in high school in the state of Indiana.

This statement is coming off the heels of Indian University’s announcement that students applying to IU are no longer requiring ACT or SAT scores for enrollment.

The State of Indiana requires an assessment for Juniors in order to measure the students’ applied skills for Mathematics and English/Language arts that was previously administered via the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) program. Other options to fulfill this requirement remain valid for students who do not
fulfill it with their SAT result.

NLCS Board Members during October 21st meeting

The requirements for the testing, in order to align with Graduation Pathways requirements, include a 480 SAT scaled score for the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Test and a 530 score for the Math test. These scores on the SAT may be used to satisfy the Postsecondary Readiness Competency requirement of the Graduation Pathways, but are not required. Other options may be used to meet this requirement for students who do not achieve these scores.

The SAT is administered in the spring of each school year, beginning in Spring 2022. the Primary Testing Window for the SAT School Day administration will be March 2 – 4, 2022.

There will be a Make-Up Testing Window available from April 13 – April 20, 2022 (excluding Monday, April 18) for students and schools that are unable to test during the Primary Testing Window. Students who fail to meet the required scores will be able to take the test again to fulfill graduation requirements.

The SAT testing will take place during a scheduled school day much like the ISTEP+ testing, with the score attained on the testing day being the one that will count for students. If students had taken the SAT previously, the State will not apply it for the students’ records and they must retake the exam during the scheduled testing window.

If you have any questions about the SAT requirements or information about testing, you can visit the Indiana Department of Education website.