Elementary & Middle School Parent Resources

http://Parent Dashboard for School Transparency

Middle School Parent Resources

The Parent’s Guide to Middle School

Information on topics relevant to parents of middle schoolers, including adolescent brain development, online safety, encouraging positive body image, bullying and more.  http://www.education.com/grade/middle-school/

Tips for Middle School Parents

10 Tips on how to stay involved in your middle school child’s education. http://www.schoolfamily.com/school-family-articles/article/801-10-tips-for-middle- school-parents

Scholastic Parent Guide: Starting Middle School

Articles for parents about the transition to middle school.http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/collection.jsp?id=84

PBS Parents – Middle School Resources

Links to resources about middle school, including online articles, websites, and books.http://www.pbs.org/parents/itsmylife/resources/middleschool.htmlA

Middle School Parent’s College Prep Guide

Information about planning for college in middle school.

.http://www.greatschools.org/college-prep/planning/594-middle-school-parents- college-prep-guide.gs

Helpful Websites for Parents of Middle School Students

Links to websites for parents of middle schoolers, about topics including literacy and general education. http://schools.nyc.gov/ChoicesEnrollment/Middle/Resources/default.htm

Tip Sheet for Middle School Parents

Brief outline with information about middle school students and tips on how to support their academic development at home.http://www.ed-alliance.org/document/document_164.pdf

Resources for Parents in Elementary School and Earlier

Elementary School (and Earlier)

Understanding your Young Child’s Stages of Development
Information on child development for parents of one to five year olds.http://www.cwla.org/

Story Blocks – Literacy Development

Collection of 30-60 second videos for parents, caregivers, and library staff designed to model songs, rhymes, and finger-plays appropriate for early childhood. Each video clip includes tips to increase caregivers’ understanding of child development and pre-literacy needs. http://www.storyblocks.org/

Reading Tip Sheets

Reading tip sheets, available in multiple languages, for parents of babies, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, first graders, second graders, and third graders. http://www.colorincolorado.org/guides/readingtips/

Reading Rockets

Teaching kids to read and helping those who struggle. http://www.readingrockets.org/audience/parents/

We hope you had an enjoyable summer!!

 Fall NWEA MAP Growth testing window opened Tuesday, September 4, 2018 and will close on Monday, October 1, 2018

NWEA MAP Growth tests are administered to students to determine their instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year (and from year to year) in reading, math, language and science.

NWEA MAP Growth tests are unique in that they adapt to your child’s level of learning. If your child answers a question correctly, the next question is more challenging. If they answer incorrectly, the next one is easier. This results in a detailed picture of what your child knows and is ready to learn—whether it is on, above, or below their grade level.

Since NWEA  MAP Growth tests provide immediate and accurate information about your child’s learning, it’s easy for teachers to identify students with similar scores that are generally ready for instruction in similar skills and topics, and then plan instruction accordingly.

Below are links to parent guides (in English, Arabic, and Spanish) to help you better understand  NWEA MAP Growth tests

https://www.nwea.org/content/uploads/2017/08/Parent-Guide.pdf

https://community.nwea.org/servlet/JiveServlet/downloadBody/2627-102-2-8030/Parent-Guide-Arabic.pdf

https://community.nwea.org/servlet/JiveServlet/downloadBody/2629-102-2-8032/Parent-Guide-Spanish.pdf

Middle School Parent Resources

The Parent’s Guide to Middle School

Information on topics relevant to parents of middle schoolers, including adolescent brain development, online safety, encouraging positive body image, bullying and more.  http://www.education.com/grade/middle-school/

Tips for Middle School Parents

10 Tips on how to stay involved in your middle school child’s education. http://www.schoolfamily.com/school-family-articles/article/801-10-tips-for-middle- school-parents

Scholastic Parent Guide: Starting Middle School

Articles for parents about the transition to middle school.http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/collection.jsp?id=84

PBS Parents – Middle School Resources

Links to resources about middle school, including online articles, websites, and books.http://www.pbs.org/parents/itsmylife/resources/middleschool.htmlA

Middle School Parent’s College Prep Guide

Information about planning for college in middle school.

.http://www.greatschools.org/college-prep/planning/594-middle-school-parents- college-prep-guide.gs

Helpful Websites for Parents of Middle School Students

Links to websites for parents of middle schoolers, about topics including literacy and general education. http://schools.nyc.gov/ChoicesEnrollment/Middle/Resources/default.htm

Tip Sheet for Middle School Parents

Brief outline with information about middle school students and tips on how to support their academic development at home.http://www.ed-alliance.org/document/document_164.pdf

Resources for Parents in Elementary School and Earlier

Elementary School (and Earlier)

Understanding your Young Child’s Stages of Development
Information on child development for parents of one to five year olds.http://www.cwla.org/

Story Blocks – Literacy Development

Collection of 30-60 second videos for parents, caregivers, and library staff designed to model songs, rhymes, and finger-plays appropriate for early childhood. Each video clip includes tips to increase caregivers’ understanding of child development and pre-literacy needs. http://www.storyblocks.org/

Reading Tip Sheets

Reading tip sheets, available in multiple languages, for parents of babies, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, first graders, second graders, and third graders. http://www.colorincolorado.org/guides/readingtips/

Reading Rockets

Teaching kids to read and helping those who struggle. http://www.readingrockets.org/audience/parents/

NWEA Spring testing window opened Monday, May 14, 2018 and will close Friday, June 8, 2018

Resources for Parents in Elementary School and Earlier

Elementary School (and Earlier)

Understanding your Young Child’s Stages of Development
Information on child development for parents of one to five year olds.http://www.cwla.org/

Story Blocks – Literacy Development

Collection of 30-60 second videos for parents, caregivers, and library staff designed to model songs, rhymes, and finger-plays appropriate for early childhood. Each video clip includes tips to increase caregivers’ understanding of child development and pre-literacy needs. http://www.storyblocks.org/

Reading Tip Sheets

Reading tip sheets, available in multiple languages, for parents of babies, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, first graders, second graders, and third graders. http://www.colorincolorado.org/guides/readingtips/

Reading Rockets

Teaching kids to read and helping those who struggle. http://www.readingrockets.org/audience/parents/

NWEA Spring testing window opened Monday, May 14, 2018 and will close Friday, June 8, 2018

SAT Score Release

SAT Score Release

Students who participated on the initial test day(s) for SAT will receive access to their scores in their College Board account beginning on May 3, 2018, while scores for students who participated in PSAT 10 or PSAT 8/9 are currently available.

Student Access to Scores

1. Students will need a College Board account
to view their scores.
2. Direct students to go to  this login page
(https://studentscores.collegeboard.org/
viewscore) and log in.
3. Click sign up to register for an account if they
don’t already have one.

MDE just awarded contracts to NWEA and DRC to provide benchmark assessments to schools next year

MDE just awarded contracts to NWEA and DRC to provide benchmark assessments to schools next year

This follows what the state has been communicating about its assessment plan for the last few years.

Below is the excerpt from the recent spotlight

The Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) Procurement office has completed an evaluation of Administration, Scoring and Reporting of Statewide Benchmark Assessment proposals for the Michigan Department of Education. DTMB’s Procurement office has recommended an award to Data Recognition Corporation
 
(DRC) and the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA), pending State Administrative Board approval and contract agreement. These two vendors are the only bidders that met the minimum requirements of technical review for reward consideration. 
 
The two vendors are slated to provide three different benchmark options from which schools can choose. 
• NWEA Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment 
• DRC BEACON benchmark assessment 
• DRC Smarter Balanced Interim Comprehensive and Block assessment. 
 
These tools will focus on mathematics and English language arts in grades 3-8 and pending final processes will be available in the fall of 2018. Look for additional information in future issues of the Spotlight as plans begin to be built out.

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