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Guidelines for Practice: Extended School Year Services
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Last Updated (Tuesday, 18 March 2014 20:55)
SMARTER BALANCED ASSESSMENT CONSORTIUM FIELD TEST RESCHEDULING OF TESTING WINDOWS
DARIEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
SMARTER BALANCED ASSESSMENT CONSORTIUM FIELD TEST
RESCHEDULING OF TESTING WINDOWS
In a recent communication dated March 14, 2014, Dr. Pierson informed the Darien school community that the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) delayed the start date of the Field Test from March 18 to March 25, 2014. As a result of this change, it is necessary to modify the grade level testing windows for students in Grades 3-8 and 11 as follows:
Grade 5 March 25 - April 9* - note extension of window
Grade 3 April 22 - May 7
Grade 4 May 12 - May 30
Darien High School
Grade 11 May 20 - May 30
Middlesex Middle School
Grade 7 March 25 - April 2
Grade 8 April 4 - April 24
Grade 6 April 28 - May 6
The schedule change at the middle school is due to conflicts with previously scheduled grade level activities. At the high school, the schedule change allows for the completion of the third quarter without disruption and will support our students and staff as they prepare for AP and SAT exams.
Timothy H. Canty
Timothy H. Canty
Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education
Last Updated (Tuesday, 25 March 2014 10:49)
IMPORTANT - Message from Interim Superintendent Pierson – Rescheduling of Smarter Balanced Field Test
At 11:00 am this morning (Friday, March 14, 2014) all Connecticut Superintendents of Schools were informed via conference call from the Commissioner of Education, Mr. Stefan Pryor, that the Smarted Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) has delayed the start date for administration of the SBAC Field Test from March 18th to March 25th. We were informed that SBAC made this decision late last evening based on the need to ensure proper administration of the Field Test on a national basis.
This change in start date WILL have an impact on our established testing calendars for Field Test administration in our schools. The degree and extent of that impact is currently being determined by Mr. Canty and other staff who are responsible for the implementation of this assessment process. We anticipate that we will have a modified testing calendar for Field Test administration for all levels established no later than Monday, March 17th. Obviously, we are seeking to establish a revised schedule that will have the least impact on our students and schools. This new schedule will be communicated as soon as it is finalized and our staff is working non-stop to accommodate this unexpected change of plans. Of particular concern is the SBAC test window for Darien High School, given the established schedule for students taking AP and SAT exams. Principal Dunn and her staff are making every effort to resolve this situation prior to the end of today so that DHS staff, students and parents can be informed.
Despite this unanticipated news, I am confident that we will effectively modify our plans for administration of the Field Test in a manner that will be in the best interests of our students.
Lynne B. Pierson, Ed.D.
Last Updated (Friday, 14 March 2014 18:02)
Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Field Test (SBAC-FT)
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Last Updated (Tuesday, 04 March 2014 16:23)
FROM THE BOARD OF EDUCATION:
On December 16, 2013, the Darien Board of Education received the final version of the special education report, “Procedures and Practices Relevant to the Administration and Operation of Instruction, Services and Support for Students with Disabilities in the Darien Public Schools for the 2012-2013 School Year,” prepared by Sue Gamm, Esq. An Executive Summary (revised December 16, 2013) was also received.
We look forward to discussing these findings at our next Board meeting on January 14th, in the context of our preliminary action plan. The preliminary action plan presented on December 10th took into account the 70 page executive summary and the recommendations from the two state reports. We are now taking the time to read the 161 page full report to make sure that any additional information provided by Attorney Gamm will be fully considered as the action plan takes shape. The Administration will be reporting to the Board on a monthly basis.
Elizabeth A. Hagerty-Ross, Chairman
Darien Board of Education
Last Updated (Wednesday, 18 December 2013 13:28)