april newsletter

April 24, 2015

Dear Parents,

This spring, our students will take the state-required Smarter Balanced Assessment, a series of online tests that cover the new Washington State Learning Standards for English language arts (ELA) and math. These tests replace those (including the Measurement of Student Progress, or MSP, and High School Proficiency Exam, or HSPE) that the state previously used to measure student progress in reading, writing and math. The Smarter Balanced Assessment will be given to students in grades 3-8, 10 (ELA only) and 11.

The Smarter Balanced Assessment comprises four tests. Both math and English language arts are divided into two parts: a computer adaptive test (CAT) and a performance task (PT) test. Each of these four tests typically takes two hours to complete, and students will take them on separate days. Our goal is to seamlessly include the tests in a regular school day. We anticipate that the flexibility of online testing will let us meet the individual needs of students and have less overall disruption to our school. Our school will take the tests within these dates:

Grade

Date

Test

Type

5

May 26-June 1

ELA, Math, Science

CAT & PT

6

May 4-8

 

ELA, Math

CAT & PT

7

May 11-15

 

ELA, Math

CAT & PT

8

May 26-June 1

ELA, Math, Science

CAT & PT

                               

These assessments show students' understanding of the new learning standards that teachers have been using in the classroom. As with anything new, it has been necessary to familiarize students and staff with the new tests and format. Students have become familiar with the new interface by taking practice tests and have gained practical skills that transfer to careers and college by using the technology necessary to take the tests online.

As with any educational activity, we thank you for working together with us to help our kids be successful. The Smarter Balanced Assessment will give us important information about how our students are learning so we can adapt education to make sure it delivers the skills students need for life beyond high school. Please encourage your children to do their best and get the rest they need to be ready on testing days. 

If you have any questions, please contact us at (360) 885-5500

Tamarah Grigg & Steve Hoskins 

Pleasant Valley Middle School 

Address
14320 NE 50th Avenue
Vancouver, WA 98686

Phone
(360) 885-5500
Fax
(360) 885-5510

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8:15am-2:45pm

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7:15am - 3:45pm

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7:45am - 3:15pm

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