This month we start the NYS assessment season. This means we will be testing our students in grades 3-6 grades for English Language Arts (ELA) and Math. Fourth graders are also assessed in their science knowledge (both hands-on skills and their content knowledge). All children receiving ESOL will also get tested on the NYSESLAT.
I know there is much concern in our state about the alignment of the rigorous common core standards to these high stakes testing measures; especially the impact it has had on teachers and schools. In fact, our school only had 85% of eligible students sit for the tests last year (note- this makes our whole testing data ineligible as we did not meet the mandated 95% testing threshold required by NYSED).
Many of taxpayers' concerns have been addressed by Governor Cuomo and the Commissioner of Education Elia. I believe you were heard, as teachers’ accountability measures (APPR) will not be aligned to the tests for another four years; giving the state time to work with school districts to devise a better and more equitable accountability system that meets federal mandates. You also recently received a letter from Superintendent Linda Cimusz about NYS testing. She also included a list of Frequently Asked Questions.
Patience is a necessary part of life. Instead of getting frustrated when you face a difficult situation, patience helps you respond the right way—without getting upset or losing your temper. This makes everyone’s life better at school, at home, while driving in the car, or when checking out at the grocery store.
Want some videos to share with your children? Then click on the links below for some starting points:
Teachers will look for children demonstrating this trait and post their actions on the PATIENCE chart posted in each classroom and throughout the school. At the next Pep Rally we will SHOUT OUT the names of the children and recognize them for their great actions. It is a fantastic way to continue to support and build our positive school climate and learning environment. This month’s school wide book about Patience is Llama, Llama, Red Pajama by Dewdney Trish.
We invite you take an active part in your child/ren’s education by visiting the classroom, volunteering, participating in our many school wide events, or just being present to help at home with homework and classroom assignments. See the calendar below:
Have a great month,