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                          COMING UP:  EASTER RECESS
      No School April 18 and 21
(School Improvement Day)
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         SPRING 2014 KANSAS STATE ASSESSMENTS

Click on one of the links below (red print) to read a letter from the Kansas Commissioner of Education regarding this year's State assessments for public school children:

Assessment Letter for Parents from the Kansas Commissioner of Education (English)
Assessment Letter for Parents from the Kansas Commissioner of Education (Spanish)

LETTER FROM HESSTON USD 460:

It is that time of year when students in Hesston USD 460 will be taking state assessments.  The assessment window opens on March 10 and ends on May 2.  Each school building in the district has developed a testing schedule and will be sharing this information with you or your child shortly.

This year, the state of Kansas has NEW assessments in the areas of English Language Arts and Math. These assessments are “transitional” in nature for the next two years. In the 2015-2016 school year, these assessments will be formally tested and will reflect the full implementation of the new Kansas College and Career Ready Standards. This year’s Science assessment is the “old” one based on the old Kansas Curricular Science Standards. Beginning in 2014-2015, it too will be changed to reflect the recent statewide adoption of the NEW Kansas Science Standards.

The NEW tests will be different! The old tests had multiple-choice questions only. The new assessments will have multiple-choice questions and technology enhanced items. Over the next few weeks, your child’s teacher will be going over these new items with your child via new practice tests. The practice tests are not meant to measure content – they are used to practice how to answer the enhanced items.  In these tests, students will experience: matching items, the ability to fill in a graphic organizer or chart, draw lines, complete graphs, true/false, labeling, etc. The new assessments are more engaging and better measure the content and skills we are teaching students.

The Kansas College and Career Ready Standards are more rigorous than our old standards; so, this will be a change for students also.  The math assessments will include calculators built into the tests, writing will be assessed in the new standards via editing and grammar questions, and thinking skills will be tested since some of the items can be solved in multiple ways.  The new assessments will be challenging in the beginning but will give us a much better idea of what students know and are able to do! 

The best thing that you can do to support your child is to tell them to do their best! And remember, the assessments benefit your child because they allow teachers to know how to support student learning.  If you have questions, contact Darla Smith, darla.smith@usd460.org or contact your building principal.


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The Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) has recognized USD 460 as a district achieving the highest level of determination in compliance with special education accountability and reporting requirements.

Below is information from the KSDE web site regarding the recent initiative:
"As a result of the reauthorization of IDEA 2004, increased accountability at the state and local level and changes in the Office of Special Education Programs' (OSEP) monitoring priorities, Kansas has shifted from a Focused Monitoring System to an Integrated Accountability System. The Kansas Integrated Accountability System is in alignment with IDEA 2004 and General Supervision requirements as outlined by the OSEP and Kansas Special Education Statutes. The shift to the Kansas Integrated Accountability System results in a continuous monitoring cycle involving data collection, verification, reporting, and improvement activities by both the State and LEAs. The system will ensure both state level and individual district compliance with the federal special education requirements and monitor those areas most closely associated with improved academic achievement results for children and youth with exceptionalities."
Hesston Elementary School

            300 E. Amos Street
            Hesston, KS 67062
            Ph: 620-327-7102
            Fax: 620-327-7153
            Principal: Christine Robertson
            Counselor: Stephanie Litton
   
Hesston Middle School

                100 N. Ridge Road
                Hesston, KS 67062
                Ph: 620-327-7111
                Fax: 620-327-7115
                Principal: Ben Proctor
                Counselor: Jillian Toews
   
Hesston High School

                 200 N. Ridge Road
                 Hesston, KS 67062
                 Ph: 620-327-7122
                 Fax: 620-327-7138
                 Principal: Ty Rhodes
                 Counselor: Donna Schadler

Hesston USD 460
                                                                              150 N. Ridge Road, PO Box 2000
                                                                                        Hesston, KS 67062
                                                                                        Ph: 620-327-4931
                                                                                        Fax: 620-327-7157
                                                                                Superintendent:  Paul Becker

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