In the next few weeks, many of our Elementary classes will undergo assessments. These may include assessments in spelling, writing, reading, math, and more. Most assessments will be short in duration (15 minutes or less) but may increase in length with older students.
Assessments are an essential part of understanding your child’s academic progress and current level. Assessments also inform your child’s end-of-year progress report and help ensure that next year’s teacher is prepared to meet your child’s academic needs.
Assessment Guidelines and Standards
Administering assessments during Virtual School can be a little challenging, however with the help of our parents and clear guidelines from our teachers, we are confident that it can be done well.
When a student takes an assessment, it is important to follow specific standards. If not, the results will not be reliable or accurate. In addition to providing you with instructions on meeting the standards, it is important to speak to your child about how and why assessments are necessary.
Assessments from Home – What Your Child Should Know
We know that students want to do their best. To help them, you can use these talking points with your child.
- Assessments are an important part of their progress report and helping their new teacher understand how to help them do their very best next year.
- How honesty in following the guidelines and standards makes sure their results correctly reflect what they know so that teachers can support them in reaching academic excellence.
Assessments from Home – What You Should Know
When our students take assessments from home, your child’s teacher will provide you with clear guidelines so that you can meet the standards required for accurate results.
Assessment guidelines will include instructions for:
- Time – the amount of time allowed for the assessment.
- Place – recommended set up for the best assessment environment (desk, lighting, etc)
- Required Resources – which supplies or materials your child must have for the assessment.
- Suggested Resources – which supplies or materials might be helpful.
- Prohibited Resources – which supplies or materials are not allowed.
- Help – how you may or may not help your child during the assessment.
You will receive detailed information from your child’s teacher for each assessment required. We thank you, in advance, for your help in ensuring that assessments are administered in a standardized manner during Virtual School.
As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daniel J. Keller, PhD
Elementary School Principal