PARCC Testing Information-Grades 3 - 9

Message from the Principal:

February 12, 2015

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Beginning next week (Tuesday, February 17, 2015) our students will be taking the PARCC assessment tests in grades 3-9.  The test known as PARCC stands for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers and is based on assessing a student’s knowledge and understanding of the Common Core State Standards. I wanted to provide you with information that will help explain more about both the Common Core Standards and the PARCC initiative.  I have included some helpful links to websites, I encourage you to visit these sites and help partner with us as we adjust to these new testing protocols. http://www.parcconline.org  http://practice.parcc.testnav.com  www.parcconline.org http://education.ohio.gov/              

Just a reminder, attendance is extremely important; Lockland is obligated to count student attendance and scores as part of the district reporting. Please encourage your student to be on time and prepared. 

We are offering a free breakfast from 7:30 am-7:55 am in the cafeteria for middle school and high school students.  Students will receive a ticket upon arrival with the opportunity to win a gift card.  At breakfast we will inform students what testing room they will be assigned.  Please remind and encourage your child to do their best, but not to be nervous. I have included testing strategies for you and your student to go over.

Parent Test Support Strategies

Preparing for Tests

Note test dates on your home calendar; schedule doctor/dentist appointments on non-testing days

See that your student is well rested (Research shows being well rested helps students do better)

Get up early to avoid rushing

             Make sure that your student eats a good breakfast (whether it be at home or school)

Encourage your student to do their best (Be Positive)

Do not remove your student on test days

Strategies for Reducing Test Anxiety

            Discuss the test openly and in a positive way

            Have a realistic expectation of your student performance while encouraging their best effort

            Emphasize that the test is only one measure of academic performance

            Emphasize test scores, do not determine a person’s worth.

After the test

            Talk to your student about his/her feelings about the test

            Discuss what was easy and what was hard

            Discuss changes your student would make if they could retake the test

 

Student Test-Taking Tips

            Listen to the test moderator

            Read and Follow the directions exactly

            Read the whole question before looking at answers

            Answer the easy questions first: mark the harder questions to go back to

            Anticipate the answer when you read the question

            Read all answers carefully

            If your answer is one choice click and move on

            Don’t spend too much time on any one question

Don’t try and find patterns

            After completion of test please click submit upper right hand corner of screen

            Keep a good attitude! Think Positive!

Important Reminders for Students Entering Testing Room

            Do Not bring any electronic devices (If a phone goes off your test will be voided)

            Do Not bring any items into testing room place all book bags, books, materials in your locker

            Do Not talk to anyone except testing moderator

            The Testing moderator will not be able to help you with the test (do your best)

You may bring headphones to buffer noises they cannot be attached to anything

You will receive a slip of paper when entering room follow instructions

Your name will be on your assigned computer in testing room take a seat quietly

All students will stay in testing rooms until everyone is finished take your time…

DO YOUR BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

Any Further questions or concerns please feel free to call me at 513- 563-5000 ext.170

 

Go Panthers!

 

 

 

 

Karen Chicketti

MS/HS Interim Principal

 

 

 





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