Parents and students cleaned up the grounds around Bell Elementary School after school on Friday, October 13.
Parents can use state testing information to help student progress
State tests are designed specifically to show how students are performing on the state standards. Parents can use results from state testing to see where their children may need help. Sample test items are available along with additional information on state tests. You may want to work through some of those questions with your child. You will learn more about their abilities.
Parents play an important role in helping their children succeed on state tests. Keep the stress level low by explaining that by learning and applying themselves at school, they are doing the best test preparation possible. It might be helpful to explain that tests are like yardsticks. Schools use them to measure how well students are learning what is taught in school. Parents can also help by ensuring that children get plenty of rest during testing and they get a hearty breakfast on testing days.
End-Course (EOC) exams in math and biology allow students in grades 9-12 to be tested on the knowledge and skills they have gained from taking specific courses, such as Algebra, Geometry, and Biology. Algebra and Geometry End-of-Course exams are being phased out in favor of the SBA. Students in the classes of 2016 to 2018 can fulfill their state math test graduation requirement through the EOC or math SBA. The Biology EOC is required for graduation for the class of 2017 to 2019.
Smarter Balance Assessments for English Language Arts (first opportunity in 10th grade). Students must pass either Algebra 1 EOC or Geometry EOC or the Smarter Balance Math Test (first opportunity in 10th grade) for graduation purposes. The Biology EOC is required for graduation for the class of 2017 to 2019.
Testing accommodations for students with special needs
As with any other aspect of education, students with special needs or disabilities should have an appropriate individual education plan (IEP) developed jointly by parents and school officials. This plan should detail appropriate instructional goals and assessments. Generally, any support or accommodation acceptable in the normal course of instruction may be used for State testing. Universal supports are included, such as additional time or special testing environments. State testing also has accommodations, such as the use of Braille or large print format test booklets. Testing supports and accommodations are set prior to computer testing, as well as paper/pencil testing, so students can practice with the correct tools to support their success. A complete list of supports and accommodations can be obtained by calling the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction at (360) 725-6000.