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Message From The Principal

Greetings families,

New York State Tests are fast approaching for students in the Middle School Building.  Students will be tested in ELA on April 2nd and 3rd and in Math on May 1st and 2nd. Students will take these tests on paper this year and all students will be released at 1:00pm on testing days.  

Tests are untimed as they have been for the past two years. Students, who need more time, will be able continue to work on their tests after 1:00 pm. During testing days your child’s school day will be primarily focused on testing.  We will provide an extra breakfast and they will have some opportunities to relax after the test.  Students who complete all tests to the best of their ability will be awarded with a trip to Darien Lake in June.  

Over the past several years there has been some controversy around these tests, but like it or not these tests are essential to the success of Charter Schools. This is a chance for us, as a school, to show the decision makers at the State level that our students are outstanding, capable, and ready for high school.  

Please review the documents attached to get a full picture of why these tests are important for every single student.  

 

The most common question is Why Test?

  • Federal law requires that all students be tested yearly in Math, ELA and once in Science at grade 8.
  • All students must take and pass Regents exams to graduate from high school, and middle school level NYS testing is the only opportunity they have to practice tests of this length and importance.
  • All students need to be able to think critically and solve complex problems. Practice with these types of problems will broaden future opportunities for your child.
  • The annual assessments are only one of several indicators of student performance. However, they provide objective information about how students are progressing toward the higher level skills and knowledge required to be successful after high school. Parents have a right to this information. You will get a full test report in the first report card of 2019-2020
  • Annual assessments are also used to help ensure that traditionally underserved students—students receiving special education or ESL services, students from low-income communities, or students of color—are not overlooked.
  • We want to assure that your child is in the appropriate classroom with support and enrichment for the upcoming school year.  Scores do not affect your child’s ability to move to the next grade level.

There are many measures of success for Charter Schools, but one of the most important measures is improving student outcomes. New York State Tests are one of the primary indicators of the success of our school.  We are excited for testing and appreciate your support during this important time of the year.

 

Sincerely,

Ms. Doyle

Middle School Principal