Dear Husky Families,
As we start the beginning of the second semester I would like to continue to challenge our students to grow as learners and our parents to help your children on a regular basis. We know that to be successful in the 21st century a person must be able to learn, unlearn and re-learn. As parents, we know that after graduation from High School/College the only person responsible for whether this occurs or not is oneself. Parents and students need to work together on a nightly basis to ensure organization, work completion and a dedication to developing essential characteristics of excellent learners which will lead to your students becoming successful adults.
This year Heritage Middle School will be administering Ohio’s New Generation Assessments which consists of PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) testing in place of the previous test known as the OAA. The new generation of assessments consists of two summative assessments to be given at different times of the year. The two are defined below:
Summative Assessment Components:
- Performance-Based Assessment (PBA) will be administered after approximately 75% of the school year. This will include ELA and Math (6th, 7th and 8th Grades), Science (8th Grade) and SS (6th Grade).The English language arts/literacy PBA will focus on writing effectively when analyzing text. The mathematics PBA will focus on applying skills, concepts, and understandings to solve multi-step problems requiring abstract reasoning, precision, perseverance, and strategic use of tools. The 6th and 8th Grades will take a traditional paper pencil test and the 7th grade will be tested on-line.
- End-of-Year Assessment (EOY) will be administered after approximately 90% of the school year. The ELA/literacy EOY will focus on reading comprehension. The mathematics EOY will call on students to demonstrate further conceptual understanding of the Major Content and demonstrate mathematical fluency.
The PBA will be administered over several days beginning in mid-February and the EOY near the end of April and the beginning of May. The schedule of these assessments is listed further in the newsletter. Students will report to school at their normally scheduled time; however the school will operate on a shortened period schedule to allow for a block of testing each morning for each assessment. The preparation for these assessments has been no different than for the OAA in that we are confident the adopted curriculum within Westerville Schools aligns with assessment by which your students learning will be measured. If you would like further information regarding the new generation assessments please visit the Ohio Department of Education website.
Please continue to monitor your students through PowerSchool online. Go to our website at www.wcsoh.org frequently as items will be updated regularly with regard to announcements, sports schedules and other pertinent information. Please feel free to contact your student’s teacher, guidance counselor, Ms. Tankovich or myself with any questions or concerns. Providing support to your students at home is essential to their success. If you need suggestions on how to help your students feel free to contact me or your student’s counselor if you have any questions or concerns.
Thank you for all you do to make the Heritage community great.
Heritage Middle School