UT state standardized assessments (now called RISE and Aspire Plus) will be on the following days for our class. These assessments are important to us for several reasons.
The state assessment data are important to your family because the results are one way to communicate how much your child has learned in English language arts, writing, math, and science. At MMA, we know that these tests are but one indicator of a child’s progress in these content areas.
The state assessment data are important to us because determining what a student knows or does not know is a vital cornerstone in individualizing learning experiences, which is the basis of a Montessori education. The results help us to identify needs for new and additional materials, tailor professional development for teachers, and determine where to best invest school funding.
Taking tests is a practical life skill, required for college entrance as well as many professions. Doctors, lawyers, teachers, contractors, nurses, and cosmetologists (to name just a few) all must take tests in order to enter their professions. Standardized testing in school provides a valuable opportunity to practice taking tests in a low-stakes environment, better preparing our students for future assessments – which is why we encourage all students to participate.
If you choose to opt your child out of testing, please complete the Parent Exclusion from State Assessments Form. This form must be handed from you to either Ms. Lana or Ms. René, who will take 5 minutes to review this form with you. We ask that these forms are submitted no later than April 12th. Thank you for your cooperation and support.
RISE Science testing will be on Wednesday, April 17th from 12:00-3:00 PM
RISE Language testing will be on Thursday, April 25th from 9:00-12:00 PM
RISE Math testing will be on Thursday, May 2nd from 12:00-3:00 PM
*5th graders only* The RISE Writing test will be on Wednesday, May 8th from 12:00-3:00 PM
Please do everything possible to make sure your student is at school on these days and that they come well rested and with healthy food in their bodies.
Speaking of food, we have had a parent volunteer to provide breakfast for our class on May 2nd before our Math test! If you would like to help with the breakfast, please contact Christopher Garcia at email@example.com. I’m really excited about this!