Dear Parents of Students in Grades 3-5:
This is a letter with details about the MCAS administration this March and May. The amount of testing is extensive in all three grades. As you can imagine, the MCAS require an extraordinary amount of preparation, juggling of schedules, setting aside of the daily routines and curriculum. We need your help to administer the tests in the least intrusive way possible. Please review the following schedule and avoid any appointments that would take your child away from school during this time.
Grade Three: March 29 & 30 and May 9 & 10
Grade Four: March 20, 26 & 27 and May 17 & 18
Grade Five: March 21 & 22 and May 7 & 8, 14 & 15
It is important during the MCAS to keep your child’s routine in place, to get a good night’s sleep, and to send him/her off in the morning with a nourishing breakfast and a healthy snack. The classroom teachers will return to the usual schedule as soon as possible. Please note that if your child is absent, the State requires a letter from the doctor as documentation. Test results will be sent to you in the fall.
Although we take the MCAS preparation and test seriously, this is only one piece of information about your child’s progress. There are many ways that teachers gather information about what each child knows and is able to do well. Please try to convey to your child that the MCAS is one of many opportunities to show what s/he can do independently.
Thank you for your help and cooperation – it’s essential!
Margaret W. Scott