Conferences and test scores

Parent-Teacher Conferences are Oct. 29 and 30, 2015.  The sign-ups are online, and the links for the sign-ups were sent via email on Tuesday.  I want to take a minute to explain why parent-teacher conferences and the standardized tests we administer can be useful tools to help your child.

Parents are the primary educators in their children’s lives.  As a school staff, we have an opportunity to join you, for a brief time, on your journey of educating your child.  While we have your children in our classrooms, we have the opportunity to observe them and help them grow.  At conferences, we have an opportunity to share what we notice about your child (from 8 a.m to 3 p.m.), and you have an opportunity to ask questions and share your observations of your child outside of school.  This is a partnership, and we want to foster an open dialogue to help your student grow.

In September, we completed our fall MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) testing.  Students in grades 2-8 take tests in reading, language, and math.  Students in 5th and 7th grades also take tests in science.  We will conduct the spring testing April 11-15.  The tests help us to identify areas where students are strong and areas where students need to grow.  The tests help us identify students who may need more of a challenge in the classroom, and they help us identify students who may have specific learning needs.  By testing in the fall and the spring, we can monitor growth across these subjects.

Tests are just one snapshot, on one day, of a student’s education; however, they can be helpful in helping your child receive the best education possible.  Your student’s scores will be available at parent-teacher conferences, and I hope you will look at them and consider what they show about your students strengths and areas for growth.

Thank you for trusting us with your child’s education.