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October 23, 2014

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News and Announcements
October 21, 2014
Dear Families,

During parent conferences teachers gave you information around “What will my child learn this year” in school. Our district teacher leaders worked collaboratively to pull this information from the Common Core State Standards. The major shifts in the English Language Arts Standards are as follows:
● Students can read closely and critically to comprehend a range of increasingly complex literature and informational text.
● Students can produce effective writing for a range of purposes and audiences.
● Students can employ effective speaking and listening skills for a range of purposes and audiences.
● Students can engage appropriately in collaborative and independent inquiry to investigate and research topics, pose questions, and gather and present information.
● Students can skillfully use and interpret written language across a range of literacy tasks.
The major shifts in the Mathematics Standards are as follows:
● Students can explain and apply mathematical concepts and carry out mathematical procedures with precision and fluency.
● Students can frame and solve a range of complex problems in pure and applied Mathematics.
● Students can clearly and precisely construct viable arguments to support their own reasoning and to critique the reasoning of others.
● Students can analyze complex, real world scenarios and can use mathematical models to interpret and solve problems.

These Common Core standards are more refined than Vermont’s former grade level standards, and there are fewer topics for students to build understandings around. Teachers and students can spend more time with each topic so that ultimately students can build deeper understandings. Go to the Common Core Standards published at if you would like more information. Towards the end of March 2015 we are required to administer the new statewide Smarter Balanced Assessment in grades 3-5. This new assessment replaces the statewide NECAP. While this assessment begins with third grade, it is important for teachers and parents of K-2 to understand it as well since the third grade assessment will be a reflection of all that has been learned in grades K-2 and the Common Core Standards. That’s why we’ve given you the “What will my child learn this year” handouts so we can all have an understanding of these standards. Champlain piloted the Smarter Balanced Assessment during the spring of 2013. This was a unique opportunity for us as we were given a sneak preview as to the types of questions being asked in both Mathematics and Literacy. Students were able to try out the online testing software and test items that were representative of some of the questions on the Smarter Balanced assessments. 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 are dedicating 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. Last week, Susan Ames shared information in this office newsletter about keyboarding skills. Taking the state assessment on the computer will be a new experience for our students. Classroom teachers have several computers in their room and are rotating children through opportunities to use them as well as taking students to the computer lab. When students in grades 3-5 take the SBAC they will be scheduled in our computer lab. 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.

Sincerely, Leslie

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