Information on Assessment for Students in Grades 3 – 5, starting May 8th

Lexington Elementary School
International Baccalaureate World School
James H. Hamby, Principal
Alicia Prezzy, Assistant Principal Michele Zee, Assistant Princial
Lynn Dempsey, IB Coordinator

April 8, 2019

Dear Parent/Guardian:

This letter includes information about an assessment for students in grades 3 through 8 called SC READY and an assessment for students in grades 4 through 8 called SCPASS.

The South Carolina Department of Education requires that students in grades 3 through 8 take assessments called the South Carolina College- and Career-READY Assessments (SC READY). SC READY assesses English language arts, including reading and writing, and mathematics.

For students in grade 3, they will take the SC READY tests on paper. For grades 4 – 8, tests will be administered online.

The ELA test is administered in two days. Session 1 includes a variety of question types, plus a Text-Dependent Analysis (TDA) question. The TDA question consists of a passage with a writing task related to the passage. During the writing test, students read a passage and provide an extended response and cite evidence from the passage to support their response. Session 2 includes reading passages and accompanying questions. The reading assessment includes selected response and evidence-based selected response items. Evidence-based selected-response items ask students to support the response they choose with evidence from the text. For instance, students may be asked to select multiple evidence statements or place steps in the correct sequence.

The mathematics test includes selected-response, multi-select and technology-enhanced items such as drag and drop and constructed response (type in a number).

Four performance levels were established to reflect the continuum of knowledge and skills exhibited by students on SC READY ELA and mathematics tests: Exceeds, Meets, Approaches, and Does Not Meet Expectations.

Exceeds Expectations – The student exceeds expectations as defined by the grade-level content standards.
Meets Expectations – The student meets expectations as defined by the grade-level content standards.
Approaches Expectations – The student approaches expectations as defined by the grade-level content standards.
Does Not Meet Expectations – The student does not meet expectations as defined by the grade-level content standards.

Students in grades 4,6 and 8 will also take the South Carolina Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (SCPASS) in science. SCPASS science contains multiple-choice items only and measures the progress of students toward the state’s academic standards in science. Each student can receive a score of Exceeds, Meets, Approaches, and Does Not Meet Expectations. A description of each performance level is in the preceding paragraph.

Students in grades 5 and 7 will take the South Carolina Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (SCPASS) in social studies. SCPASS social studies items are aligned with the South Carolina Studies Academic Standards. Social Studies performance levels are Exemplary, Met and Not Met.

Exemplary — If a student scores “Exemplary,” the student demonstrated exemplary performance in meeting the grade level standard.
Met — If a student scores “Met,” the student met the grade level standard.
Not Met — If a student scores “Not Met,” the student did not meet the grade level standard.

These assessments will provide important information about how students are progressing at their current grade level and how they are progressing toward future college- and career-readiness. These scores will help your student’s teacher understand where your student is succeeding and where your student needs to improve. The S.C. Department of Education will also use SC READY and SCPASS test results for school, school district, state and federal accountability purposes.

For your convenience, the test dates appear below. Please put these dates on your family’s calendar. It is very important for your students to be at school and on time because all test sessions are mandatory. Students who are absent or tardy on test days will have to make up the tests at a later date.

 

Grade ELA Day 1 ELA Day 2 Math Science Social Studies
3 May 8 May 9 May 10 N/A N/A
4 May 8 May 9 May 10 May 13 N/A
5 May 14 May 15 May 16 N/A May 17

As your child prepares to take SC READY and SCPASS tests, help us make your child feels confident and comfortable by making sure your child goes to bed early, gets a good night’s sleep, eats a good breakfast, and arrives at school on time. Please note that students are not allowed to have cell phones, tablets or any other electronic communication devices with them during testing, including apple watches and safety watches. In fact, we prefer that students not bring any electronic device into the testing room. However, if a student brings a device, it must be turned off and stored in a special designated location in the classroom.

Sincerely,

Michele H. Zee
Assistant Principal

Resources for additional information provided by the South Carolina Department of Education

More information about SC READY – https://ed.sc.gov/tests/middle/south-carolina-college-and-career-ready-assessments-sc-ready/

More information about SCPASS – https://ed.sc.gov/tests/middle/scpass/

 

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Happy Spring Break!

Have a great Spring Break everyone, see you back Monday, April 22nd!!

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Book Fair Late Night ~ Thursday ~ Open Until 5:45pm

Monday – Wednesday we are open daily 7:10am – 2:30pm.
Thursday Night we will be open until 5:45pm!
Friday our book fair will close at 12pm.

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Spring Concert ~ Thursday Night ~ 6:00pm

You are invited to

Our Spring Concert

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Thursday evening, April 11th

6:00 PM

Lexington Elementary School Cafeteria

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Featuring The Early Bird Stringers, Honor Choir, 

The Wildcat Band, Chime Bar Ensemble, and Cats Choir!

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Mark Your Calendars For Spirit Week, April 29-May 3

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Make Sure To Pick Up Your Cookie Dough April 22nd!!!

Lexington Elementary Cookie Dough/Product Fundraiser pickup has been scheduled for Monday, April 22nd from 2PM – 6PM in the cafeteria. Please note this is our ONLY DAY OF PICKUP! We do not have access to the school freezer/storage to accommodate orders not picked up. So please make arrangements to have your child’s order picked up on  Monday, April 22nd from 2PM – 6PM. Thank you for supporting our awesome school!

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LES Graduate Walk

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Summer Workers Needed!

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April is School Library Month

School Library Month! – click here to see the top 3 books checked out of the library, all the fun things we participate in all year and facts and stats about our Learning Commons!

CELEBRATING SCHOOL LIBRARY MONTH!
Every week in April we will have a book recommendation on the LES LIVE News Show! Books will be in the Learning Commons for checkout!
April 4th – National School Librarian Day
April 8-12, we will celebrate National Library Week by hosting the Bedford Falls Book Fair!
We will be open Monday – Wednesday, 7:15am – 2:30pm, Thursday, 7:15am – 5:45pm, (we’ll close before the Spring Concert) and Friday, 7:15am – 12:00pm.
April 9th – National Library Workers’ Day – find Mrs. DuBose or Ms. Bach, thank them and get a special bookmark!
April 12th- Drawing of a book prize, based on game during the book fair! Must stop in to be entered!
April 15-19 – Spring Break – read as many books as you can! Fill in a reading log bookmark and turn it in, in the Learning Commons, for a chance to win a drawing!
April 23rd – Kick off the Blowfish Reading Program!! 4 weeks to read 4 books to earn 2 tickets, a reading parade, a Blowie Snowie Shaved Ice and one free game of speed pitch! Reading logs will remain in the classroom and ticket vouchers will come home in student report cards. Our LES game night is Friday, July 19th at 7:05pm. The game will be followed by reworks!
April 23rd – Culminating Event, Literacy Character Parade at 8am! Dress as your favorite book character, but remember you still need to abide by the school dress code!

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Final Music in our Schools Month – 4th Grade

The month of March is Music in Our Schools Month.  During March, Mrs. Williams would like to share what our LES students are learning in music class. All 4th grade classes are learning to play the recorder.  Here are a few pictures from Ms. Buck’s class and Mrs. Daniels’s class.  These students are practicing their pink belt recorder song, “Old McDonald had a Farm”.

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