Pamplin Media Group – Student assessment tests planned for spring

Educators continue to teach grade-level standards while scaffolding missed programs

It has been a year since schools closed across the country in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Schools had to move quickly to new online learning platforms. Teachers and students struggled with the new routines and new Internet connections. Some smaller school districts were allowed to bring students back to school last fall, while others have remained fully in the distance learning models.

As COVID cases began to decline, districts were allowed to bring a limited number of students back to campus for short periods. As of early February, Jefferson County’s COVID-19 cases were low enough that officials at Jefferson County School District 509-J felt confident they would bring students back to class full-time.

Did the students suffer from a learning deficit during the distance education year?

How will the local district measure these learning losses?

Superintendent Ken Parshall recently answered these questions.

“We are worried about the loss of learning, but we think we will close the gap with other schools in Oregon,” he said.

Last school year, the Oregon Department of Education canceled annual student assessments in the spring, but students will be tested this spring.

“The state of Oregon has requested an exemption from state testing again this year, and at this time it has been denied, so we are preparing to test children in our regular SBAC tests this spring.” said Parshall, referring to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. standardized tests that measure students’ abilities in core subjects.

According to the ODE, in 2010, Oregon adopted higher K-12 standards for English and math to ensure that all students move from grade to grade with the right knowledge and skills. academic requirements for success beyond high school.

Oregon high school and Grades 3 through 8 students will take summative English and Mathematics tests between April 13 and June 11.

“They shared that the assessment would be a smaller plan, so it doesn’t take as long to administer, so hopefully this is a good opportunity for us to get comparable data to other districts.” , said the student director of 509-J. Kira service charge. “There is a silver lining opportunity out there, and also it won’t take too long or focus away from the classroom teaching piece.”

Parents and adult students are allowed to opt out of the Oregon English and Maths statement summative tests by submitting a form to the student’s school. However, ODE encourages students to participate in the tests, stating that the data is used to disperse resources to schools in need of additional resources.

In addition to upcoming state assessments, teachers at 509-J will continue to regularly assess students in the middle and at the end of each unit. They also provide dynamic indicators of basic early literacy skills each fall, winter, and spring.

“Our strategy is to teach the grade standards, the core standards and the missed scaffolding of the curriculum behind,” Parshall explained. “The biggest mistake districts across our country make when they experience a disaster, which is a form of disaster, is focusing on remediation and not continuing to teach grade-level standards or standards. based. ”

He said teachers are looking at what students have missed but are not stopping this year’s program.

“They grab him, pull him and scaffold him,” he said, noting that the district has systems in place to provide intensive support to children who are still lagging behind.

“We think we’re going to do well,” Parshall said of the state’s upcoming assessments. “We think we will close the gap with other schools in Oregon because we have focused on core standards, grade standards and, thanks to the challenge we have overcome over the past year , our teachers always rely on the grade level. standards, core standards, and that gives us confidence. ”

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