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Recently there has been much talk about the upcoming Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC) that is replacing the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP). Last week Mrs. Keiling, Principal of Samuel Morey and Head of Elementary, wrote a letter to families. I’d like to share her thoughts with you:

There is much controversy surrounding this new assessment, especially what will be done with the results. While we share some concerns about the use of the test, we share Secretary Holcombe’s position on the assessments. In a letter to superintendents and principals, dated February 17th, Secretary Holcombe stated, “However, I ask you to not let the inappropriate uses to which tests are put under NCLB (No Child Left Behind) undermine what value there is in tests, when used appropriately. Unlike previous tests, this is a computer adaptive test which adjusts the difficulty of questions in response to the answers students provide. This allows for more accurate information about what each child can and cannot yet do; this information will help teachers to better respond to theirmstudents’ needs.” The inappropriate uses that she refers to is the “proficiency threshold on the new tests is set so high that two-thirds of our high schools students will likely not score as ‘proficient,’ it is likely a virtual certainty that once again, all our public schools will be labeled ‘low performing,’ despite the fact that a study by the US Department of Education ranked us seventh in the world in math and science.”

Students in grades three through six have been working with their teachers and Gabi Martino, our technology integration coordinator, to familiarize our students with the new computer format and the format of the questions. It would not be fair to students to not give them some preparation with this new format.

More information will be coming from both Mrs. Keiling and myself. If you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Rivendell Annual District Meeting

Tuesday, March 17, 2015, Rivendell Academy Gym, Orford, NH. Polls open at 6:00 p.m.
Meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. 2015-2016 budget is voted on during the meeting
Childcare will be provided in the RA Library

March 13, 2015 Newsletter