State Assessment Dates Approaching
February 23, 2017
Building a state assessment schedule with enough time to test all students in all required areas has been a difficult task in recent years. Not so much this year! Due to a decision by the Kansas Department of Education to drastically reduce the amount of time involved with testing (approximately 60% less time testing), Perry-Lecompton students will spend far less time in front of a computer completing a state assessment and far more time inside the classroom receiving valuable instruction from their teachers.
In past years, students in grades 3 through 8, plus 10 could spend six class periods completing the English Language Arts assessment, including the two-part writing portion of this assessment. These same students would then spend six more class periods completing the Math assessment, including the Math Performance Task. Additionally, students in grade 5-8 and 11 would spend two more class periods on the science assessment, and students in grades 6, 8 and 11 would spend two more class periods completing the social studies assessment. All totaled, our 8th grade students were required to spend the equivalent of 16 class periods, completing 16 test sessions or the equivalent of three weeks of classroom instruction.
Fortunately, the assessment demand for the spring of 2017 will reduce the number of test sessions for our 5th and 8th grade students to only six. All other grade levels will have only four test sessions. For obvious reasons, this is great news for teachers and students alike. All state assessments will begin after Spring Break in March, with most assessments occurring in the month of April. All assessments will be completed by the end of April. Please click on the following link for an "all district assessment calendar" which will show specific dates that students will complete specific assessments. Please keep in mind that assessment dates are tentative and could change.
As always, before any type of assessment, we recommend students get a good night of sleep the night before the assessment, a healthy breakfast the morning of the assessment, and of course make sure they are at school the day of the test, (unless they are sick). Make up assessment dates are scheduled for late April but are often times difficult to complete. Please make every attempt to have your child at school on their specified grade level assessment date.
Finally, it is important to note that state assessments are only a small part of what defines a student's success at Perry-Lecompton Schools. Our staff strives to help all kids grow and mature in non assessed areas as well. These areas include, but are not limited to, artistic talents and musical abilities, physical health, becoming an independent and responsible person, ability to collaborate and communicate appropriately, become reflective so said student has the ability to evaluate his/her own progress and the importance of good school attendance. We at Perry-Lecompton, understand that assessment results don't define the student, which is why we choose to focus on the whole child. Best wishes on your assessment efforts, but more importantly, best wishes on developing the many other skills taught by our staff on a daily basis, which will help you become a lifelong contributing member of our society. Your Perry-Lecompton family is rooting hard for you and we are always here to help! GO KAWS!