From the Principal's Desk - Jan 29th, 2016

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From the Principal's Desk
 
We have created a schedule for PARCC testing sessions for students in grade 3-5 as well as MCAS science/technology for grade 5 students.  All testing must be administered between April 25 and May 27.  We ask for your help in being sure that you do not schedule appointments that will take your child out of school during these test sessions.  Make-ups will be available, but only complicate the process for us here.  

PARCC ELA (English Language Arts)
Grade 3
Unit 1 - 90 minutes  April 26
Unit 2 - 75 minutes  April 27
Unit 3 - 90 minutes  May 6
Grade 4
Unit 1 - 90 minutes April 29
Unit 2 - 90 minutes May 3
Unit 3 - 90 minutes May 4
Grade 5
Unit 1 - 90 minutes April 28
Unit 2 - 90 minutes May 2
Unit 3 - 90 minutes May 5
PARCC Math
Grade 3
Unit 1 - 60 minutes May 12
Unit 2 - 60 minutes May16
Unit 3 - 60 minutes May 17
Unit 4 - 60 minutes May 18
Grade 4
Unit 1 - 60 mintues May 9
Unit 2 - 60 minutes May 12
Unit 3 - 60 minutes May 13
Unit 4 - 60 minutes May 18
Grade 5
Unit 1 - 60 minutes May 10
Unit 2 - 60 minutes May 11
Unit 3 - 60 minutes May 23
Unit 4 - 60 minutes May 24

MCAS Science/Technology for Grade 5
2 sessions - untimed May 19 & 20

At our recent PTO meeting with Dr. Fleishman, there were many questions about the PARCC tests.  As I mentioned earlier, all elementary schools will be taking the pencil and paper version.  The number of test sessions has been cut down.  There were also questions about preparation.  We believe that PARCC is attempting to measure what our children have learned.  Our curriculum is based on the Common Core, and that is what PARCC is attempting to measure.  We believe that all children should have some exposure to the kind of questions they will be experiencing and some understanding of test taking strategies.  We include this in our teaching but do not feel there is a need to do extensive preparations for the test.  Special incentives during the testing will include an activity break prior to taking the test, no homework that day or the previous night, and hard candy or gum use during the test administration.  Let me know if you have further questions about PARCC.
 
Audrey Peller