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XinXing Academy students are leading the way in Minnesota. Every single student passed the Youth Chinese Test (YCT), an international standardized Chinese proficiency test administered by the Minnesota Confucius Institute on May 20, 2011.

XinXing Academy students are leading the way in Minnesota. Every single student passed the Youth Chinese Test (YCT), an international standardized Chinese proficiency test administered by the Minnesota Confucius Institute on May 20, 2011.

Second-grade XinXing students took the YCT3 test, which has two parts-listening and reading skills. The second-grade students scored at least 50 points higher than the needed passing score of 120. The third-grade students took the YCT4. This is the highest level of the YCT test series and measures listening, reading and writing skills. The students scored 90 points higher than the passing score of 180.

According to test publishers, students who pass the YCT4 have enough proficiency to be able to travel to China and handle most of the communications tasks they encounter. Students who pass the YCT3 test are able to conduct more basic and direct communication, but only on topics they are familiar with.

Developed by the Chinese government, the YCT test is the only Chinese proficiency test in the world and is used by more than a hundred countries. Many schools in Minnesota, including five Chinese immersion took the test this year.

Chinese expert Zhining Chin, assessment and evaluation coordinator for Hopkins Public Schools, anticipates that next year's fourth-grade class will take the HSK test which is designed for adult learners.

"The strong YCT test results reflect XinXing's strong curriculum, instruction and excellent teaching staff," said Chin. "The students have mastered Chinese language skills to a degree that surpassed initial expectations."

About XinXing
XinXing Academy, Hopkins Public Schools' Chinese immersion program, opened at Eisenhower Elementary School in 2007. XinXing attracts students from all parts of the Hopkins School District, as well as from other school districts in the Twin Cities area through open enrollment. More information about XinXing Academy visit http://www.hopkinsschools.org/schools/eisenhower-elementary-xinxing-academy.

 

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