During the next two weeks, April 23rd – May 4th , your child will be involved in C.A.T.S., the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System. This is our state-mandated standardized assessment. It includes the KCCT, or Kentucky Core Content Test, for third, fourth and fifth grade students. This year, due to additional testing components, your child’s attendance during his or her testing days is more critical than ever. The schedule allows us very little room for make-up testing. Please help us and your child by making sure he or she is here on time each day.
Fifth grade students will be tested each morning, Monday through Friday, during the week of April 23, and Monday through Thursday during the week of April 30.. Fifth grade students are tested in the content-areas of social studies, mathematics, reading, on-demand writing, and arts and humanities.
Fourth grade students will be tested each morning, Monday through Friday, during the week of April 23, and Monday through Wednesday mornings during the week of April 30. Fourth grade students are tested in the content-areas of reading, science, math and practical living/vocational studies.
Third grade students will be tested each morning, Monday through Wednesday, during the week of April 23 and April 30 in reading and math.
Third grade students will also complete the CTBS, or California Test of Basic Skills May 7th and 8th to help determine if he/she qualifies for Gifted and Talented services.
Our students have worked very hard this year to learn the required content at each grade level, and we are excited that the time for them to show what they know has finally arrived. These scores are very important for students, as test results will travel with them as part of their official school record throughout their time in school. Test scores are used to help make many important decisions for students including class placement in middle and high school.
To help ensure that your child is able to focus and do his or her very best work next week, please be sure to do the following:
1. Insist that he/she gets plenty of rest. There is no substitute for a good night’s sleep! Being tired prevents concentration.
2. Encourage eating a good breakfast. Brains work much better when they are not thinking about being hungry.
3. Be sure your child is in his/her classroom no later than 7:40 A.M. Students who are tardy will not be allowed to enter classrooms once a testing session has begun.
Thanks so much for supporting your child and our school this year. We have truly enjoyed each of our students. They have worked very hard, and we are tremendously proud of what each of them has accomplished.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions or concerns regarding testing. Thank you for sharing your child with us this year!