English/Language Arts SBAC testing for 6th and 7th grade students has started this week. They have reduced the amount of testing students have to take this year. This year students only have to take the short answers/multiple choice section for both math and language arts. The longer, more complicated Performance Task has been eliminated. Instead of it taking 2-3 hours to complete the ELA, this year they are estimating each test to take just under an hour. 8th grade students do not need to take the ELA test this year.
State testing in Math will start on May 18th for 7th and 8th grade students. Again, the test has been cut back with the Performance Task eliminated. The test itself should take about an hour for students to complete. 6th grade students do not have to take the Math test this year.
We understand that having state testing take place this year seems counterproductive. We want to stress that the state tests aren’t part of student grades or used for individual reasons. However the information teachers will get from these tests is going to be essential in helping us plan for next year and determine what skills/concepts need extra practice and remediation.
If you want to opt your child out of state testing, the deadline is noon on Friday, May 14th.
Click here for the link to the Opt Out form: