February 21, 2017 2017 PARCC Schedule
Dear Polaris Families:
We will begin the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) assessments on March 14, 2017. These assessments focus on the knowledge and skills our kids need for success in our global economy, including skills such as analytical thinking and the ability to solve complex problems. The CMAS assessments focus on four different content areas depending upon the grade your child is in: English Language Arts (ELA) and Math – 3rd, 4th, 5th grade, Social Studies – 4th grade, and Science – 5th grade.
These assessments give our teachers critical information to help our students be on track for college and career readiness. They also help us ensure that our students have the necessary skills to succeed after high school. Additionally, here at Polaris we use these scores to differentiate instruction, place in advanced curriculum, and identify for gifted, including additional strength areas.
Calendar: Please see the attached calendar for testing dates and times. We ask parents and families to ensure their children get plenty of sleep and a healthy breakfast every day, but especially on assessment days. If there are doctor’s appointments or other appointments that need to be made, we hope this calendar will help you to make those appointments on non-assessment days and during non-assessment times.
Volunteers: Please also note the days in which we cannot allow volunteers in certain floors of our building. This is to adhere to the ethics and other policies set forth by DPS and the State of Colorado to maintain a secure testing environment.
Attendance: We also want to communicate that all students should be in school on-time, all day and every day, regardless of whether assessments are occurring or not. Important teaching and learning happens in between testing, so it is imperative that students are here. Our expectations remain around vacations and we expect parents to continue to plan vacations around the DPS calendar.
Make-Ups: Students do best when they are in their classroom environment for testing. In the event that your child has to miss a test session, they will have to make up the test during other instructional time. In addition, because our teachers are teaching during all non-testing days, our paraprofessionals are used to give make-ups, which takes them from supporting the classroom. To prevent disruption to your child’s and other student’s day, please make every effort to ensure that your child is at school every day and limit their absences to only when they are sick.
We appreciate your support during this time. Assessments, including CMAS as well as those taken throughout the year, are vital tools for teachers to support student success. There are online resources to help parents and families support their student during CMAS testing, located at standards.dpsk12.org If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me.
Anne Sterrett, Principal
Denver Public Schools