Elementary Progress Checking Assessments | Information for Off-Campus Families

October 7, 2020

Elementary Families of Off-Campus Students — Throughout the school year we carry out progress-checking assessments with students to help us know more about their individual academic needs.

For off-campus families, this is a different way of doing these kinds of activities because students are not on campus in classrooms. We are sharing information below with families so that you can help us collect the most helpful information possible each time we do progress-checking assessments with students.

The progress-checking assessments will be in reading and math.

Here are some important guidelines:

Find a quiet space.
Students should be in a space where they are able to pay attention to the teacher without distractions like the TV, someone talking on the phone, or siblings and parents talking in the same room. Quiet spaces also make it easier for teachers to hear students’ voices.

If possible, leave the student in a room to work alone with the teacher.

Students work independently on the computer in activities directed by the teacher.
Students should read, participate, and answer independently and without help from a family member.

Let the teacher help the student.
Teachers will provide direction and support students as they complete the activities. If a teacher feels that a student needs support from a family member, the teacher will tell the student to let you know.

What do I do if I can see that my student is struggling?
Let the teacher help the student work through it. Don’t interrupt or try to help or provide hints to your student. These activities have been specially designed so that the teacher can work independently with the student. The activities help teachers see whether and where a student struggles and how the student works through it. This information is critical and informs how teachers design learning activities to meet each student’s academic needs.

Some important notes

— Your child may need either paper/pencil or white board/marker during the math portions to help them solve the equations.
— If your child does not know a word, please don’t read the word to them.
— If your child does not know the meaning of a word, please don’t tell them.
— If your child is unsure of the answer to a comprehension question, please don’t give hints.
— Please don’t provide words of encouragement during the assessments, they may serve as a greater distraction than support.
— Teachers are so eager to help your children and can only provide good help if they know exactly where a child might need it.

Thank you for partnering with us as we complete progress checks! The information we gather helps us know how best to plan for your student’s instruction.

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