Testing and Accountability:
Most of us agree that students are tested too much. Public schools in Minnesota are required to administer the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA). The MCA tests were introduced as a paper and pencil test administered in reading, language arts and math. Recently, the assessments have slowly progressed toward computer completion aligned with the Science MCA. Embedded in the MCA tests are the GRAD tests that students must pass to receive their diploma. Students take the MCA tests in the spring and the results are returned at the end of the summer. A common concern is that MCA tests provide no real-time information for teachers to customize their teaching, therefore, requiring many districts to pay for Aimsweb, Scantron, MAP or NWEA assessments taken on the computer. We currently use Aimsweb in the primary grades, and NWEA assessments at various grade levels throughout the district to provide ongoing monitoring of student progress. These tests are computer adaptive, meaning the questions progressively get harder or easier depending on the student’s answers. Teachers get immediate results and know exactly where each student is at.
Good Health = Good Test Scores:
As spring quickly approaches, so does our annual Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA). I’m sure you’re aware that our Eden Valley-Watkins students have consistently performed quite well on the MCAs. With your continued support and encouragement of academic performance, we can continue to prepare our children for the demands of the adult workforce and college preparedness. Following are a few recommendations in preparation for the big exams.
1. Get in the habit of a nutritious breakfast everyday.
2. Get into a regular sleep routine, most children need
3. Exercise increases oxygen to the brain, assisting memory and processing.
4. Read directions completely, carefully, and ask questions.
5. Skim the question and prioritize possible options.
6. When completed, go back and review.
I really appreciate our dedicated staff as they’ve been working extremely hard and providing after-hours opportunities to prepare our students with the concepts, skills, and strategies necessary to be successful on the assessments. Please let us know what we can do to support our shared vision for student success.
Senior of the Week:
The EV-W School District would like to recognize Austin Berg, son of Tracey and Robert. Austin excels academically and is currently taking 4 college level classes. He has been recognized for his involvement and dedication to football, baseball, and the Big Brothers – Big Sisters organization, and was also invited to Boys State. In addition to his school involvement and leadership roles, Austin also volunteers for numerous youth and church activities. The EV-W administration, faculty and staff are extremely proud of your accomplishments. Congratulations!