On March 1st, 2021 Washburn School’s Board unanimously voted to strengthen and increase the difficulty of the entrance admission exam in the English sections from 4th to 12th grade to better reflect the rigor of Washburn School. This was named resolution #0421 Admission Policy Update. Mr. Lopezcepero and the Washburn School leadership team analyzed admission results, internal assessments, and external standardized test results to make a comparative inference. The school has decided to use Cognia assessment section to add more rigorous content to the English, Writing, and Reading comprehension section of the school’s admission exams for prospective students from 4th to 12th grade.
Washburn's administration alongside support from Cognia’s support staff, who help provide access to resources, conducted research on assessment areas. Mr. Lopezcepero approved the addition of the following standards to the admission exam.
STANDARDS ADDDED TO WASHBURN’S ADMISSION EXAM 4th to 12th Grade
1. Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; recognize when irrelevant evidence is introduced.
2. Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using different mediums (e.g., print or digital text, video, multimedia) to present a particular topic or idea.
3. Analyze a case in which two or more texts provide conflicting information on the same topic and identify where the texts disagree on matters of fact or interpretation.
4. Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence: Use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.
5. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking: Recognize and correct vague pronouns (i.e., ones with unclear or ambiguous antecedents). (L.06.01.d)
- Washburn School administration added two sections in the admission exam for 8th to 12th grade related to reading comprehension, writing, and language arts for English from the Cognia database based on analysis of our curriculum.
- Mr. Ronnie Lopezcepero, Head of School, approved adding two sections
related to reading comprehension in the 7th grade admission exam. Mr. Lopezcepero also presented the findings of the lower school data analysis and approved adding one section under reading comprehension for the admission exams for 4th, 5th, and 6th grade.