January 23, 2015
The Ad Hoc Superintendent Search Committee and the Superintendent Search Advisory Committee are happy to announce that finalists will be coming to Burlington next week to meet and be interviewed by students, staff, and community members as follows:
Students; The Student Consultancy Seminar at BHS is working with the Board to plan the interview, and principals from all schools have been invited to send student delegations.
Friday, January 30, 3:30 p.m., Hunt Middle School: Burlington School District Staff Members; Staff should contact Brian Cina to submit questions, volunteer to read questions, or help with the planning. Ideally, every Burlington School will have representatives at the interview.
Questions? Input? Contact Brian Cina at email@example.com.
In a newsletter earlier this year I spoke about the statewide spring assessment coming up for students in Grades 3-5. The state of Vermont has moved from testing students in the fall with the NECAP (New England Comprehensive Assessment Program) to testing students in the spring with the SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment). While this assessment begins with third grade, it will be a reflection of all that has been learned in grades K-2. The SBAC is aligned to our Common Core standards and students in grades 3-5 will be taking this sometime between April and June. Specific testing windows are as follows: Grade 4- April 6th-16th, Grade 5 April 29th- May 12TH And Grade 3- May 12-May 27th. These dates have been determined for the entire Burlington School District so we will not be able to make any adjustments.
As a faculty, over the last few years, we have been preparing for the shift from Vermont Grade Level Expectations and NECAP to the Common Core State Standards/Smarter Balanced Assessment. We continue to prepare this year as well. We have dedicated several faculty meetings to taking sample SBAC assessments ourselves so that we understand what will be asked of our students. Students will also practice with their teachers to prepare for the type of questions asked. The state will be releasing practice tests soon. Taking the state assessment on the computer will be a new experience for our students, although when we piloted this a couple of years ago students enjoyed the computer experience rather than paper and pencil. Classroom teachers have several computers in their room and have been rotating children through opportunities to use them as well as taking students to the computer lab and using IPads too.
When students in grades 3-5 take the SBAC they will be scheduled in our computer lab. Both English Language Arts and Mathematics will be spread out over a few days for a total of about four hours of testing time in each subject area. Any help you can provide at home on keyboarding skills will be much appreciated. If you have any questions or require technical support to get onto the Type to Learn site, please contact Susan Ames, our learning center specialist.
According to school law (No Child Left Behind Act of 2001) Vermont school districts are required to assess student performance. Each school in Vermont has to account for 100% of our enrolled students in these grades to take the assessment. Some parents have asked if it is possible to excuse their child from the assessment. If a parent does not allow their student to take the assessment it will result in a score of zero for Champlain for any student who does not participate.
We will share more details as we get closer to the April through May testing window but we thought it would be helpful to bring this to your attention now as well. Perhaps if we start thinking about the spring we can collectively bring some warmer weather to our region. Stay warm!