Message from the Principal

Cataldo

The bulk of the New York State testing will have been completed by the time you read this. Students in Grades 3-8 will have finished the English Language Arts and Math tests with the Grade 4 Science left to go. This is not the end of our assessment season however, and most of what is left are local measures. Please remind your children that their best effort is needed each time they are assessed. Only their best effort will allow us to use the information to make their schooling and our school better.

We give local exams in Reading, Writing, and Math as has been done since the dawn of time. The Reading test for Grades K and 1 is the Dynamic Indicator of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS). This tool assesses “The critical skills necessary for successful beginning reading” including basic letters and letter sounds. In Grades 2-6 we use the Star Reading tool which measures multiple reading skills beyond the basics including comprehension (understanding what is read) and vocabulary. Our teachers created the Writing test at each grade level to define expectations, and the tests are directly related to what and how writing is taught in each classroom. The Math test is taken directly from the GoMath textbook series that we use K-5. The concepts and skills tested are also what is taught in each classroom. The Reading and Math measures are given at the beginning, middle and end of the year. The Writing test is only done at the start and end of the year. We have worked hard to refine the tests and how we use them so they serve two purposes. They tell us how each child has progressed in each of the key areas of school as well as specific strengths and needs of each child.

In order for your children to be successful academically, they must be able to read, write, and compute. In order for us to be successful as a school we need accurate data. Although the weather is improving and it may feel more like summer break, there is much work left to do. Again, I urge you to discuss these important tests with your child. We will be sending out information on the dates for these tests and it is important to your child and our school that these tests be taken and taken well. We want to help your child be a better reader, writer, and problem solver. Your help in ensuring the best efforts from your child will help us help them.

 

 

 

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