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NGSS Testing and Schedule

Dear NCHS Family,

The State requires assessments in science for eleventh grade, using the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Assessment Test.The assessments are designed to measure current levels of student performance in relation to state standards. By virtue of our educational program, which incorporates state standards and expectations, our students are well prepared for this experience.

A testing window by CSDE has been established from March to May. Juniors will be utilizing school-provided technology to complete these online  assessments; therefore, unlike the SAT, not all students in grade eleven need to be tested at the same time. NCHS will administer these assessments in science classes on May 21st and 22nd . We have chosen these dates to be minimally disruptive  as it falls after the completion of Advanced Placement (AP) testing, and, since most upper level science classes are comprised of 11th and 12th graders, seniors will have departed for the Senior Internship Program (SIP), leaving mainly juniors in these classes.  Any 11th grader not taking science this semester will be informed of where and when to report. While the assessment is untimed, we anticipate most students will complete it within 90 minutes and have set up schedules accordingly. This schedule is attached to the end of this message. Any student who does not complete the assessment during this window will pause the test and complete it  at a later time.

All 9th, 10th and 12th grade students will report to classes albeit for longer blocks of instructional time on these  two dates. The Connections session originally scheduled for May 22nd will now take place on May 29th.

The information gained from NGSS Assessments will become part of each child’s academic record. In addition to providing schools with information about student achievement, aggregate performance levels and participation rates will also be used as sources of comparative data for schools and districts Statewide.

The state and individual districts remain accountable for achieving a federally established guideline of 95% participation. Since we know that illness and family emergencies may occasionally occur during testing, we are able to make arrangements for those requiring test make-ups. Please do all that you can to ensure your child is present and on time for the assessment. We encourage you to help your child view the upcoming testing in a positive way – as an opportunity to demonstrate what he/she knows and is able to do. Additional resources regarding Next Generation Science Standards can be found on the state’s website.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the scheduled assessment, please contact Larry Sullivan at (203) 594-4677 or lawrence.sullivan@ncps-k12.org .

 

Sincerely,



Bill Egan    Larry Sullivan

Principal    Assistant Principal

 

May 21 and May 22, 2019 Daily Schedules

Next Generation Science  Assessments

Tuesday, May 21 (Day G)

Period 1   7:30 AM – 8:55 AM

Period 2   9:00 AM – 10:25 AM

Period 3 10:30 AM – 12:35 PM

1st Lunch 10:35 – 11:05 Class 11:10 – 12:35

Art & Music, Career & Technology Education, Math, Special Education, World Languages

Class 10:35 – 12:00 2nd Lunch 12:05 – 12:35

English, Physical Education & Health, Science, Social Studies, ACES

Period 4 12:40 PM – 2:05 PM

 

Wednesday, May 22 (Day H)

Period 5 7:30 AM – 8:55 AM

Period 6 9:00 AM – 10:25 AM

Period 7 10:30 AM – 12:35 PM

1st Lunch 10:35 – 11:05 Class 11:10 – 12:35

Art & Music, Career & Technology Education, Math, Special Education, World Languages

Class 10:35 – 12:00 2nd Lunch 12:05 – 12:35

English, Physical Education & Health, Science, Social Studies, ACES

Period 8 12:40 PM – 2:05 PM