During the week of May 9 to May
13, students in Grades 3 and 4 will be taking state-mandated examinations in
Language Arts (Reading and Writing), Mathematics, and Science. The state uses
these tests to promote and measure student achievement of state curriculum
standards and to meet state and federal accountability requirements. For our
purposes, the testing provides additional and critical information
about individual and group performance.
We can measure a child’s individual progress from year to year as well
as our grade-level performance over a period of time. By no means are these standardized scores the
only data we use to look at student achievement but they are an essential piece.
We also use these test results to evaluate the strength of our curriculum and
In preparing our children for the
tests we make every effort to forestall any anxiety and to help them feel
comfortable and confident in approaching them.
We ask you to do the same. Simply seeing that your child has
a good night’s sleep and a good breakfast each day will help.
If you have any questions about
these tests, please call and I would be happy to talk with you.
Here is the
week’s test schedule:
Monday/Tuesday May 9, 10 Language Arts
Wednesday/Thurs. May 11-12 Mathematics
For children who are absent on these days, make-up examinations will be given during the week of May 16-20.