SPRING BREAK is March 15-23, weekends inclusive.
SPRING 2014 KANSAS STATE ASSESSMENTS
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.
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, email@example.com or contact your building principal.