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Dear Seattle Public Schools family:
When you attend elementary conferences next week, you may notice some changes to the progress reports that families receive each trimester. The progress reports have been revised to reflect our College and Career Readiness Standards (known as Common Core). Like all districts in the state, Seattle Public Schools has been training teachers on these standards and preparing for the new statewide tests that will be given this spring to students in grades 3 to 8 and 11. Those tests, known as Smarter Balanced, will cover standards in English Language Arts and Math. The state will continue to test students in Science using the Measurements of Student Progress, administered in grades 5 and 8.
To reflect these new English Language Arts and Math standards, the district has revised its Elementary Progress Report for all grade levels. Families will see updated standards in the areas of English Language Arts, Math and Learning Behaviors. Because Common Core covers only English Language Arts and Math, standards in other subject areas – such as Science – are not changing on our progress reports.
Please view the following brief video to learn more about these changes:
http://vimeo.com/110191805. You may also view the video, read a scoring guide (with translations in five languages), and find links to standards and testing information on our Academics page. Just go to www.seattleschools.org, click "Students," then "Academics." Your student’s classroom teacher will review the progress report with you and answer questions during your conference.
Executive Director of Curriculum & Instruction for Seattle Public Schools
Teachers & families can now access Math in Focus online
Use this link to watch Support Videos and access other online resources.
You must log on:
Math Playground Bar modeling http://www.mathplayground.com/thinkingblocks.html
Things to Remember PDF
How can I help my child with homework? PDF
Math in Focus links and tips - Fostering support for Math in Focus
Video demonstation of Math in Focus
Teacher Jose Perez, 4th Grade class at Stevens ElementaryStudents from Mr. Perez's class took part in a Waste audit at Stevens Elementary. Students sorted waste into compostables, recyclables and garbage. The results were then weighed and noted by the students. This data will help identify ways to reduce waste and recycle more at Stevens. Read More about the Audit here.
Watch the video from the Waste Audit!
Attention 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade parents the Beacon Benchmark Assessment testing window will open on Monday the 10th.
Round two of the benchmark assessments (Beacon) will start on Monday November 10th and the testing window is open until December 3rd. Your student will be taking one Math assessment and an English / Language Arts (ELA) assessment. These assessments are replacing the MAP for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. Stevens is one of roughly 50 schools piloting this computer based benchmark assessment. Thank you.