Today in literacy we had the students take a small quiz that we refer to as Checkpoints. We wanted to get an idea into how the students are faring with their comprehension skills. It was not a long quiz as it consisted of two short passages and only 6 questions. Therefore, it was important for me to go over in the beginning the importance of reading the text carefully, reading each question carefully and taking each answer choice into consideration, and going back to the passage itself as many times as needed (referencing the text). Just as important: good time management! It is important to take one's time without spending too long on it. This checkpoint was done completely online.
The reasoning behind both the emphasis on time management and for doing it online: the End-of-Grade tests this year will be done online using their Chromebooks instead of the traditional paper-and-pencil approach. Despite the change in format, students will still have a strict time limit of up to four hours, unless they have a documented accommodation that allows for extended time. This means that students should pace themselves accordingly.
If your child was not here today due to either being absent or on the chorus field trip, they can take it Monday. Or, they can take it over the weekend if they access MasteryConnect through their Clever account.