Principal’s Corner – Spring Testing Information

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As we head into Spring Break, I just wanted to take a moment to thank you all for your support of Madison School. A special thank you to our PTO for organizing our Parent Night event and for putting in the extra effort it took to make the night such a success. I feel very thankful to be at Madison and for your partnership to make our school such a special place!

The Spring testing season begins after Spring Break. Please take a moment to review the following information.

Spring Testing Information:
Illinois Science Assessment (Grade 5 Only) – Thursday, April 5th
The Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) is a state-mandated assessment that measures achievement of the Next Generation Science Standards. It is a short assessment and completed in a single session.

PARCC TESTING (Grades 3-5): April 9th-18th
The PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) test is a computer-based assessment aligned to the Common Core State Standards and will be administered to students in grades 3-5. Each grade level will take a total of eight units of testing, which will include three units of English Language Arts (ELA) and four units of math. Specific grade level testing times are listed below and are also posted on our Madison School calendar. Please just let us know if you have any questions regarding testing!

As a parent, please help support your child for PARCC testing by making sure he/she gets a good night’s sleep, eats a healthy breakfast, and comes prepared for the testing. Our teachers will take a comfortable approach to the testing so as to not create any undue stress on our students. As parents, please simply remind your child to do his/her best. If possible, please avoid any scheduling and doctor’s appointments, etc. during the scheduled testing. Students not present during scheduled testing times, or who will arrive after testing begins, will need to be pulled from class to make up the PARCC testing before the window closes in April.

PARCC SCHEDULE APRIL 2018
3rd Grade
ELA: 12:30 p.m. – 4/9, 4/10, 4/11
MATH: 12:30 p.m. – 4/12, 4/16, 4/17, 4/18

4th Grade
ELA: 9:00 a.m. – 4/9, 4/10, 4/11
MATH: 9:00 am. – 4/12, 4/16, 4/17, 4/18

5th Grade
ELA: 9:00 a.m. – 4/9, 4/10, 4/11
MATH: 9:00 a.m. – 4/12, 4/16, 4/17, 4/18

PARCC Spirit Days!
To help get students excited to do their best, our SSLC members created PARCC theme days. The whole school is invited (K-5) to participate in our dress up days!

Week of April 9th-12th – Theme: “Be Bright, Be Bold, Be a Star”
April 9th: wear red
April 10th: wear orange or yellow
April 11th: wear green
April 12th: wear blue or purple

April 16th: Put on your Thinking Cap (Hat Day)

April 17th: “PARCC- it” in your Pajamas (Pajama Day)

April 18th: PAWS is Proud of you! (Madison Spirit-Wear Day)

Spring MAP Testing – April 24-May 19th. Specific grade level testing dates and times coming soon!