Have a great week in your home school! Remember . . . "When the atmosphere encourages learning, the learning is inevitable.”
― Elizabeth Foss, Real Learning: Education In The Heart Of The Home
I have mentioned optional MAP (measured academic progress) assessments to several of you. The CRSD building-based schools are assessing students from Kindergarten up during the month of January, but UL students are not required to take these assessments. However, some of you would like to know how your student measures up to other CRSD students and to national norms for their grade level. If a student tests now at mid-year and again at year’s end you can also note their individual progress.
Keep in mind that these are lengthy, computerized assessments that adjust to the student’s ability level – moving higher or lower, depending on the student’s accuracy – until a measurement is achieved. Typically a K-1 student will take 35-40 minutes for each subject (Reading and Math) and Gr. 2 and up will take 45-60 minutes per subject (Reading, Math, Language). Students may take one or all of the subject assessments.
I have one laptop computer (and one of me) available for administering a few MAP tests this week and next. I would need to get the student started, then remain in the room to guide the young ones and be available as the tech person for the older students. If you have considered this, and feel it would be beneficial to schedule a time for your student to take the MAP, please call me for an appointment. Someday it may be possible to take these from home, but for now that’s not an option. Thank you.
All K-2 students (and some 3rd grade students who are struggling with reading) will be asked to come in for a Literacy Screening in the spring, as required by the new State Department of Education regulation.
- I think you as the parent will find the information useful. It will be AIMS web, which some of you are familiar with.
- I will likely be the person who administers the screening. Most of the young students know me, which is good.
- The screening takes a few minutes, and it is not on computer.
- More details later – this will take place near the end of the school year.
The SBA’s (standards based assessments) are required for all Gr. 3-9 and HSGQE for Gr. 10 students. Please plan now to bring your student to an UL testing site on April 1, 2, 3 for Reading, Writing and Math assessments (and Science on April 4 for Gr. 4, 8, 10). As the time gets nearer, I will send more information about this. For now, just mark it on your calendar!