Hello Stuart Middle School Families,
The year seems to be flying by and we are so excited to see students doing so well and working harder than ever! We wanted to make sure you were aware of the state assessment schedule so that you can partner with us in helping our students do their absolute best.
Our TCAP testing will begin a bit earlier this year and we have a few changes to make you aware of. We are beginning a transition in how state assessments are done in the local school. We will be having two different testing windows this year. The first window will be the traditional TCAP paper and pencil assessment and it will begin Tuesday March 4, 2014 - Monday March 10, 2014. During this time students will be assessed in Reading, Writing, and Math. Students will be doing 2 assessments each day, with the exception of Monday when they will only be doing one assessment.
The second assessment window will begin on April 14th – April 30th and will be for 7th graders assessing in Social Studies and 8th graders assessing in Science. These assessments are called Colorado Measures of Academic Success or (CMAS) and will be done on computers. We will be running a block schedule during this time in order to accommodate these assessments while still allowing students to attend classes.
Attendance during this time is critical for your students as make-up testing requires that we pull them from their regular classes in order for them to complete their assessment. This can cause students to get behind in their school work and miss valuable class time. If you could assist us in not scheduling appointments or days out for your student we would be so grateful. We are planning a super fun, half day Extravaganza for students who had perfect attendance during the assessment windows. They won’t want to miss it!
We will be sending more information throughout the coming weeks.
Here are the important things to remember:
TCAP assessment – Tuesday 3/ 4 – Monday 3/10 (Reading, Writing, Math)
CMAS assessment window (tentative) – Monday 4/14 – Wednesday 4/30
· 7th grade Social Studies
· 8th grade Science
PERFECT ATTENDANCE = EXTRAVAGANZA DAY!
Looking forward to celebrating the accomplishments of our fantastic student body!
Stuart Middle School