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Smarter Balanced test offers new challenges
Every year, students in grades 3 through 8 and grade 11 are tested in math and English language arts. Test time is rapidly approaching.
The state has a new test this year to measure students’ knowledge of state standards in these subjects. It’s called the Smarter Balanced test and it replaces the OAKS Test.
The Smarter Balanced test measures student progress toward new learning standards that are designed to prepare students for college and career. New standards require a new test.
A different test
The test-taking experience will be very different for students. For example:
· The test is longer, so students need stamina to stick with it all the way to the end.
· There’s a lot of writing in both the math and language arts tests.
· Because it’s taken on a computer, students will need to know how to type on a keyboard.
· There’s only one opportunity to take the test each year, but students have several hours to complete it. It’s important that they take their time and be careful when answering the test questions.
· Students who participated a field test of the Smarter Balanced test said it is more interesting than OAKS.
Because the test is new and different, we expect it will take students a while to adjust. This means that students who may have done well on the old OAKS test may not do as well on the Smarter Balanced test at first. This is normal when tests change. Students will adjust with time.
How to help your student prepare
Parents can help their students transition to the Smarter Balanced test by doing a few simple things at home that support the work taking place in the classroom. Our school will be sending home “Parents’ Tips for Testing” in the coming weeks.
Here are some ways to help your student be successful on the Smarter Balanced test:
Keep it in perspective
It’s important to encourage your student to relax and give the test their best effort. State tests provide feedback to the State about how our schools are helping students reach state standards, and provide teachers with information on how students are learning. But remember, performance on the state test alone doesn’t reflect a student’s overall growth or achievement level. State tests are important, but they are just one of many data points teachers use to gauge student learning.
For more information
If you would like to know more about the Smarter Balanced test, please visit the Oregon Department of Education website, http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=3298
Please join us at this special meeting for parents and kindergarten students. We will talk about what a typical day is like, what you can do over the summer to help your child be ready for kindergarten, and tour the school.
Date: May 15, 2015 Time: 12:00-12:45 pm
Place: Morningside Elementary
3513 12th Street SE Salem, OR 97302
Your entire family is welcome to attend. Please sign in at the school office.
RSVP: Please let us know if you can attend. Call 503-399-3173
We look forward to seeing you!
Starting fall of 2015, Salem-Keizer Public Schools will offer free full-day kindergarten.
Previously, full-day kindergarten was offered as a tuition-based program at a few schools, and half-day kindergarten was available for free. The district will no longer offer half-day programs, but many private kindergarten providers will still offer half-day. Children are not required to attend kindergarten, however it is highly recommended.
Students who turn five on or before September 10, 2015 are eligible to register.
opens February 17, 2015.
Parents are asked to register students right away so the district knows how many students will be attending in order to prepare an adequate number of classrooms, supplies, etc.
Early registration will help parents stay in the loop of upcoming school events like kindergarten orientation, which will take place in May.
How to register
To register, please visit the school and pick up a registration packet. If you’re unsure what school is assigned to serve your residence address, please visit the district’s school finder page: www.salemkeizer.org/content/boundary-information
Parents must complete and sign the forms in the registration packet (registration form, home language survey, immunization form) and provide:
1. Proof of residence address. Examples of documents accepted include a copy of a utility bill, driver’s license with current address, copy of rental agreement, etc.
2. Original birth certificate for the child. The school will make a copy and return the original to the parent.
Help your student get ready
Parents can help students get ready for kindergarten by helping them:
· Hold a pencil, crayons and scissors correctly
· Practice writing his/her name
· Learn the ABC’s and how to count to twenty
· Name and identify basic shapes, such as square, triangle and circle
· Learn how to take turns and share with others
Please contact Morningside with questions about registering for kindergarten.
No School Monday January 26, 2015
Girls on the Run Porgram (Includes 10 week season with 20 lessons and the final 5K Celebration entrance fee)
$150 Program fee until January 30
$175 Late Program Fee Jan 31-Mar 9 (or until team is full)
Scholarships are still available. http://www.gotrwillamette.org/get-involved/scholarships and apply for a scholarship today.
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