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    In order to provide a well-balanced view of students’ individual growth, the district uses multiple measures to assess student progress toward specific learning goals, analyze student areas of strength and challenge, and make powerful teaching decisions. To this end, teachers use a variety of formal and informal assessment techniques on a continuous basis.  This ongoing authentic assessment provides a comprehensive portrait of a student's academic development.  Teachers use this assessment data to determine their students' overall performance during the course of a marking period, which translates into a grade (or stage of development in the primary grades). Developmental Progress Reports/Report Cards and Parent Teacher Conferences are the main vehicles used to formally document progress made throughout the school year. Additional informal parent-teacher communication occurs throughout the school year on a regular basis.

     
    2017 – 2018 School Year
     
                              First Trimester:      September 6, 2017 – December 7, 2017

            Second Trimester:    December 8, 2017 – March 15, 2018

            Third Trimester:      March 16, 2018 – June 15*, 2018
            
     

    Window for Finalizing Interims

    Interim Posted

    End of Trimester

    Window for Finalizing Grades

    Report Card Posted

     

    October 12 –

    October 18

    October 19

    December 7

     

    December 8 -

    December 15

    December 21

     

    January 22 –

    January 26

    January 29

    March 15

     

    March 16 –

    March 23

    March 28

     

    April 27 - 

    May 3

    May 4

    June 15*

     

    June 8 –

    June 14

    June 15*

     
      

     Quint Dates for Middle School Related Arts

     

    Quint Date

    Window for Finalizing Interims

    Interim Posted

    End of Quint

    Report Card Posted

    Quint #1

    Sept. 6 – Oct. 27

    September 22-28

    September 29

    October 27

    Report Cards

    Dec. 21

    Quint #2

    Oct. 30 – Dec. 22

    November 21 – 28

    November 29

    December 22

    Report Cards

    March 28

    Quint #3

    Jan. 2 – Feb. 23

    January 19 – 25

    January 26

    February 23

    Report Cards

    March 28

    Quint #4

    Feb. 26 – April 25

    March 16 – 22

    March 23

    April 25

    Report Cards

    June 15*

    Quint #5

    April 26 – June 15*

    May 15 – 21

    May 22

    June 15*

    Report Cards

    June 15*

     
     *Date subject to change if make-up days need to be added to the end of the school year.  Final report cards are posted the day prior to the last day of school, which is currently scheduled for June 18, 2018.
     
      
     PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES
    November 6, 7 & 8
    March 7 & 8
     
    Standardized assessments are an additional tool used to measure students’ level of performance.  Accommodations and/or accessibility options are specific to each assessment and available to students based on individual need.  Testing modifications are also identified in student 504 plans and IEPs.  Parents can contact their case manager, 504 plan coordinator or school counselor for additional information.
     
    The standardized assessments utilized in the ETSD include:

    PARCC

    The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a consortium of states that developed assessments to measure student achievement in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics based on the learning standards contained in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for grades 3-8 and high school.  These state mandated 21st Century assessments are computer-based to make use of innovative technology. The PARCC test is administered annually during the morning session anywhere from three to five days depending on grade level.  Click here for spring 2017 parent presentation that details assessment components, time frames, and student/parent resources.  
     
    Individual Student Reports (ISR) are published annually in September.  See links below for web resources to assist parents with understanding these state reports:
      
     
     
     
    Additional parent resources for PARCC: 
     
     
     
     
     
    NJASK

    The New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJASK) is a state-mandated annual assessment administered to all students in grades 4 & 8. Assessments are designed to evaluate student proficiency in meeting the NJ Student Learning Standards in the area of Science.  This assessment is administered annually during the morning session on one school day.  A Parent, Student, and Teacher Information Guide is distributed in order to provide additional information, along with sample questions and answers.  ISRs are published annually in September.  

     
    Cognitive Abilities Tests (CogATs)
     
    The Cognitive Abilities Tests are nationally-normed assessments administered in grades 3, 5, and 7 annually in March. These tests measure student aptitude in areas of verbal, quantitative and spatial reasoning.  This assessment is administered during the morning session on two school days.
     
     
    SAGES
     

    The SAGES-2 (Screening Assessment for Gifted Elementary and Middle School Students-Second Edition) is a group-administered assessment used to identify students who should be formally screened for eligibility in the district's Tier III Gifted and Talented program. This assessment is administered to all sixth grade students in the fall, early November, and all second grade students early to mid March. The SAGES-2 consists of three subtests given over 2-3 days depending on grade level: Mathematics/Science, Language Arts/Social Studies, and Reasoning. The items on the subtests are presented in either a multiple choice or analogy format.

     

    To view the 2017-2018 Standardized Assessment Schedule click here.
     
    The full district assessment program can be viewed here that includes general assessment tools and strategies, district-wide assessments and standardized assessments. 
     
    The following links have more information on the state assessment programs:

    NJ Department of Education Assessment and Evaluation

     
     

    www.pearsonaccess.com

     

     
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