Hello Edgerton Families!
We are reminding you that every year we spend some time in March and April giving our students a standardized test, the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment. We give the test primarily because it helps us to see trends and patterns across all our students and helps us to see strengths and weaknesses in our instructional program. It’s rare, however, that the test provides us with new information about individual students. We, like you, already know your child well and have countless kinds of evidence of his or her skill levels.
We do believe it is our responsibility as a school to help students handle standardized tests as well as possible. Teachers are providing instruction for your students regarding test preparation as a genre. Teaching our students to be strong test takers is a skill that will help them to be college and career ready. Please help us by continuing to be consistent with homework routines, making sure students are getting plenty of sleep each night and eating breakfast each morning so they are ready for learning each day. We are also asking that you please refrain from scheduling any appointments that will take your child(ren) away from school the weeks of testing. Please see the below to see when your child tests for reading and math for grades 3, 4 and 6 and reading, math and science for grade 5. It’s important that students approach the test with seriousness and confidence. We encourage you to join us in cheering your child on and dispelling any small anxieties he or she might have.
Last, while standardized tests measure many things, I think it’s important to keep in mind they do not measure all things. The Barrowford School said it best; “These tests do not always assess all of what it is that make each student special and unique. The people who create these tests and score them do not know each of our students-- the way their teachers do, the way I hope to, and certainly not the way your family does. They do not know that some of our students speak two languages. They do not know that some of our students can play a musical instrument or that they can dance or paint a picture. They do not know that their friends count on them to be there for them or that their laughter can brighten the dreariest day. They do not know that they write poetry or songs, play or participate in sports, wonder about the future, or that sometimes they take care of their little brother or sister after school. They do not know that students have traveled to a really neat place or that they know how to tell a great story or that they really love spending time with special family members and friends. They do not know that they are trustworthy, kind or thoughtful, and that they try, every day, to be their very best... the scores they get will tell us some things, but they will not tell us everything. There are many ways of being smart.”
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