Ceremony: June 13, 2020
Rain Date: June 14, 2020
As you may know, commencement exercises for the Class of 2020 will be unlike any commencement exercises ever held in the history of Wilton High School. While the pandemic and social distancing requirements have changed the format of the ceremony, we look forward to a memorable, celebratory event that honors our graduates. The ceremony will include a processional car parade that passes Middlebrook and Cider Mill enroute to Wilton High School. For more information, please follow this link.
Due to the impact of social distancing and remote work environments for most job placements, the internship has been replaced by a senior interest project. Participants will focus their projects on topics or ideas that interest them. Projects may involve some or all of the following: engaging in research, acquiring or learning new skills, creating something by hand, producing art, authoring a written piece or pieces, and engineering or inventing, among other things.
As you may know, we require families to verify and update registration information annually to be sure we have accurate information in our student management system. Returning student registration will not be open until this summer. As a point of clarification, the registration portals we currently have open are only for new students.
Today we learned that the online AP exam will be accepted by colleges and universities for credit and placement in the same way exams administered in person have been accepted. This is good news for any families that were concerned about the acceptance of the online exam.
The assessments listed below have been cancelled.
*Please visit the College Board Website for other information on the SAT, PSAT, and AP exams.
This topic is, naturally, of great interest to many high school students and their parents. While conversations about spring 2020 grading and standardized testing and their impact on the college application process are just beginning, we have some preliminary information to share. Staff at the Connecticut State Department of Education are currently working with higher education institutions to develop grading guidance for Connecticut schools. We have also received information that colleges recognize and accept that student transcripts for 2020 will look different.
If you are interested in reading a local resident’s recent article on this topic, follow this link. Please note that sharing this link does not reflect an endorsement of the businesses found therein; we are simply providing you with information you may find helpful.
The College Board announced recently that the SAT School Day administration has been cancelled for the 2019-2020 school year. That means that the test originally scheduled to be administered during the school day at Wilton High School has been cancelled. For more information, please visit the College Board website.
We learned today that Connecticut has been granted a waiver from the federal government and is not required to administer state assessments this school year. This waiver means that students will not be taking Smarter Balanced Assessments or the Next Generation Science Standards Assessment this spring.
The College Board recently cancelled both the March 28, 2020 SAT make up exam and the
May 2, 2020 exam. No decision has been made yet for June. We will keep you updated as we
learn more. Interested families should also check the College Board’s website periodically.
The ACT recently cancelled the April 4, 2020 administration of the ACT exam nationwide.
Those who registered for this exam will receive an email from ACT about rescheduling for a
future test - either the June 13 date or a later date. Families are advised to consider registering
for July or later. Fall dates will be available in July. Please visit the ACT website if you are
interested in more information.
Today, the College Board announced significant (and we believe positive) changes to how AP tests will be administered this spring. Here are announcement highlights taken directly from the College Board website
"For the 2019-20 exam administration only:
The exams will be secure. We're using a variety of digital security tools, including plagiarism detection software.”
For more information, please visit the AP website.
We will not administer the SAT that was scheduled for this Saturday, March 14. For those students who were registered to take the test, we are in communication with the College Board and will have information in the coming days about where and when they can take the test.
The administration of the SAT at Wilton High School originally scheduled for March 14, 2020 has been cancelled. We recognize this decision comes as a disappointment to many students who have engaged in extensive preparation for this test. It is important to note that we had 290 registered test-takers, only 46 of whom were Wilton High School students. The remaining 244 students came from across the state of Connecticut as well as neighboring states like New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. We made the decision to cancel this administration of the test based on the size of the group and guidance from the Wilton Department of Health, as well as recent guidance from Governor Ned Lamont, who now encourages communities to reconsider gatherings larger than 100 people.
After contacting the College Board on behalf of families who are interested in continuing to pursue the exam, we learned that students who were registered will receive information from the College Board by mail or email in the coming days with options for where, when, and if they can take the test. Options will be based on the availability of test centers. Please note that test centers are closing nationwide. For more information about closures, please visit the College Board website. Note that this website may represent a partial list of closures; as of this afternoon, Wilton had not been added to it.
As noted in earlier messages, we have cancelled our administration of the test. We alerted the College Board about this cancellation and were told that the College Board would be reaching out to families via email or U.S. mail with any steps families might take to pursue taking the SAT at an alternate location. It is likely that any emails families received about printing out their entry ticket for this weekend were automatically generated in error. In addition, it is likely that the College Board has not fully updated its information in response to the unprecedented number of closures nationwide. At this time, we ask that you direct all questions related to the SAT to the College Board.
While all of our students and courses are important, we are very cognizant that Advanced Placement (AP) students may feel additional pressure because the dates for the exams are already set. Please know that our AP teachers are also very aware of this dynamic and we are engaged in ongoing discussions about how they can reasonably move students forward with the required learning outcomes and exam preparation under the current circumstances. AP teachers met this afternoon to plan learning activities that will be meaningful for their students in the event of an extended school closing. Should we face such a closing, we will provide more information on how these activities will be shared electronically. Know that we are all committed to preparing the students well for these important exams.
Grading is a complex process even when students are on-site, so naturally, the remote learning environment presents additional complexities. We are in the process of determining what grading will look like during our eLearning period and will keep you apprised of our progress moving forward.