The following letter will be sent home:
March 23, 2018
The New York State testing program for students in grades 3 through 8 in ELA and Mathematics begins in April. The state has been reaching out to teachers and parent groups in order to get feedback on how they can make the assessments better measures of student progress towards the standards while ensuring that they are developmentally appropriate for young students. New York State is also in the process of implementing Computer Based Testing (CBT), and have announced that their goal for full implementation be the 2020-21 school year. This year, we have decided to participate in the Computer Based Testing (CBT) model in grades 7 and 8 for both ELA and Math. You may have noticed that one of the biggest changes you will see this year is the switch from three days of testing to two days. Additionally, the testing window for CBT is a bit longer and allows a bit more flexibility in scheduling. Students will be taking their assessments on two consecutive days in the morning. Our tests will be held on the following days:
Grade 7 ELA: Tuesday, April 10TH and Wednesday April 11TH
Grade 8 ELA: Monday, April 16th and Tuesday April 17th
Grade 7 Math: Monday May 7th and Tuesday May 8th
Grade 8 Math: Thursday, May 3rd and Friday, May 4th
Grade 8 Science (Written): Monday, June 4th
Please help your child to prepare for the tests by doing the following:
- Encourage your child to read carefully and take their time
- See that your child gets a good night sleep on the night before a test
- Make sure your child has a nutritious breakfast
- Be a cheerleader: encourage them to do their best!
By the way, this is good advice for every day!
Student participation in these assessments helps our middle level and high school teachers prepare their curriculum for their incoming students. It is important that we give our best effort each and every day, at school and at home whether we are talking about behavior, homework, sports or tests. The motto for Cambridge Secondary School is “Achieving Excellence.” That is a fitting motto to send your child with every day. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the testing, please contact me, your child’s teacher, or Mr. Kraszewski, our school counselor.
Caroline H. Goss
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