Dear Des Moines Parents and Families,
As spring appears, so does the time for end of the year assessments for 3rd through 6th grade students at Des Moines Elementary. This year, our students will again be taking the Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium (SBAC), along with 26 other states. The SBAC test has two major portions to the assessment. The computer adaptive test and the performance task, where students research a topic and then write an essay in response to a prompt. These tasks are in-depth and analyze student writing along with their reading skills in correlation to the Common Core State Standards. One area that you can assist with at home is to have your student practice their typing skills to familiarize him or herself with the keyboard layout. Listed below are some free websites you can use at home:
Dance Mat Typing: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing/
Rapid Typing Zone: http://www.rapidtyping.com/
Typing Web: http://www.typingweb.com/
Over the course of the next few weeks, school staff will be meeting to finalize the Smarter Balanced testing schedule for students in grades 3-6 for both mathematics and reading. Students in Grade 5 will also be taking the science MSP as well. As soon as it is completed, a schedule will be sent home, along with other important information. Look forward to this coming home soon!
Thank you for supporting our commitment to student achievement.
Rick Wisen, Principal