Dear Parents/Guardians of Grades 3-5 Students,
Attached you will find the MCAS 2.0 schedule for the Aborn School. Please review it carefully paying special attention to the days when your child’s class is taking the test. It is extremely important for your child to be here and on time on the days of his/her testing. Students who arrive late and after test directions have been given will not be allowed into the testing area (per state mandate) and will be asked to return home until testing is over. Make sure your child has had a good night’s sleep and a good breakfast on the day of testing. Children are also welcomed to have a free breakfast at school. If your child typically brings a drink to school, make sure it is water only.
Students in Grades 3 and 5 will be taking the standard paper-based version of the test. We will provide the #2 pencils necessary for this test. Grade 4 students across the state will be taking a computer-based test (CBT) this year. The state’s goal is to have ALL students taking a CBT by 2019. Students in both of our Grade 4 classes have completed online practice tests available from the state. If you would like to view some of the practice tests yourself, go to: http://mcas.pearsonsupport.com/tutorial/practice-tests and click on the Student Tutorial and Practice Test box.
The MCAS 2.0 this year will be a combination of MCAS Legacy (the older version of MCAS) questions, newly developed questions, and PARCC items. Questions will be more strongly aligned to the most recent MA curriculum frameworks. Many are multi-part questions which require students to show a greater depth of knowledge and ability. This is in an effort to help us determine students’ readiness for the next grade and at the high school level, to make sure they are prepared for the college or career of their choice. (Please note however, that retention decisions are never made based solely on MCAS test performance!)
On the last page of this packet is an Acknowledgement of Responsibility Form. Please review this form with your child and return it to his/her teacher by Tuesday. I will be visiting each classroom next week to go over this information with students prior to testing. (Note: On the day of your child’s testing, cell phones will be collected at 8:30 a.m., locked in a secure location, and not returned until the end of the school day.)
Thank you for your support. If you have any questions, as always, feel free to call me at the above number.
Sincerely, Ms. Muxie