A Fine and Performing Arts Magnet Cluster School

Principal message 12 March 2018

Dear Ravenswood Families and Friends,

This week, children in grades 3-8 will take the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment. PARCC is an Illinois Common Core State Standard (CCSS) aligned assessment that measures students’ progress towards meeting expectations in English Language Arts and Math. CCSS are goals defining what students need to know and be able to do to be college and career ready. These standards promote critical thinking, problem solving, and reasoning. When students take the PARCC assessment, they will be exposed to tasks that align with Ravenswood’s classroom curriculum.

What are the testing details?
3rd and 4th Grade Testing
• Students take a paper and pencil test
• Three 75 minute English Language Arts tests (Monday, Tuesday andWednesday)
• Four 60 minute Math tests (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)

5th-8th Grade Testing
• Students take the test on the computer
• Three 90 minute English Language Arts tests (Monday, Tuesday andWednesday)
• Four 60 minute Math tests (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)

How should my child prepare for PARCC testing?
The curriculum at Ravenswood is aligned to CCSS and since PARCC is aligned to CCSS, there is no need for test preparation. However, we have one ask of you- please support your child in getting to school on time and staying the full day. Late arrivals and early dismissals affect the testing schedule and can lead to taking time away from instruction for a teacher to administer make up exams.

What is the value of this test?
In addition to engaging in the academic tasks provided in the assessment, we believe there are other benefits to taking the assessment. The SAT, GRE, job placement exams…simply put, our kids need to learn how to take standardized tests.  Students are more likely to be successful on standardized tests when they have developed test taking skills. Just like learning anything new, this takes practice. Experience with taking standardized tests helps students know what to expect and develop confidence in their ability to successfully engage in this challenging work.Click here to see the types of questions your child will encounter on the PARCC assessment.

And if my child doesn’t want to take the test?
All students are required by the state of Illinois to take the PARCC assessment. There is no parent opt-out process recognized by the district. However, if your child refuses to take the assessment, your child will be provided alternative assignments to be completed in the classroom. This will insure that your child will not miss any academic work. Please note that during PARCC testing, the teacher is responsible for administering the test, students who opt out will be expected to complete their work with limited support from their teacher. If you have any questions about testing logistics, please reach out to your child’s teacher. If you have any other PARCC related questions, please reach out to one of us.

Have a great week, everyone.

Mr. Manaen (Principal),
Mrs. Welsh (Assistant Principal) and
Mrs. Karrel (Resident Principal)

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