Principal Corner

State testing
Mrs. Jessica Ringgenberg

As spring approaches, so does state testing.   State testing is a time for students to demonstrate all they have learned over the course of the year(s).  As a district, the data collected is very important as we use it to create annual school goals, drive in-service and curriculum decisions, and indicate school strengths.  The Frederick Area School District will begin administering state tests in English Language Arts, Math, and Science starting Monday, March 25th.  Testing will be complete by Friday, April 26th.  All students in grades 3-8 and 11 are required to take the standardized test (Smarter Balanced) in English and Math.  Students in grades 5, 8, and 11 also take an additional test in Science.  Each test is broken into sections and it takes about 4 hours to complete per subject.  Children are not tested for full days at a time, rather in smaller chunks of time that allow them to maintain better focus.  

Want to help during testing?  Here are a couple of tips.  First, rest is important.  This is not a test you can really study for, but you can come to school fully rested.  Limit screen time on nights before the test so your brain has plenty of shut-down time.  It will need all of its strength and energy for testing.  Second, provide a good healthy breakfast or lunch.  Even sending a healthy snack to school for a child to eat before testing helps greatly.  Finally, just having a positive family conversation about what your expectations during testing are is important.  Words of encouragement expressing how intelligent your child is (he/she is!) and expressing your desire for them to work hard and try their best really helps.  If you don’t have time to visit with them before the test, a nice motivational note helps too.  We all like a little pick-me-up now and again. 

Below is a rough calendar of when children will be testing, if exact times are needed, please contact the school.  It is greatly appreciated by all of the teachers and staff that students try to avoid having appointments during testing times.  Thank you as always for your continued support of students and their academic endeavors! 

 

ELA

Math

Science

3rd Grade

March 25-28, mornings

April 15-18, mornings

N/A

4th Grade

March 25-28, mornings

April 15-18, mornings

N/A

5th Grade

April 1-4, mornings

April 8-11, mornings

April 15-18, mornings

6th Grade

April 1-4, mornings

April 8-11, mornings

N/A

7th Grade

April 1-4, afternoons

April 8-11, afternoons

N/A

8th Grade

April 8-11, afternoons

April 1-4, afternoons

April 15-18, mornings

11th Grade

April 8-11, mornings

April 8-9 & 17-18, mornings

April 3-4 & 10, afternoon