This spring our school will join thousands of schools across the United States in the first administration of the new Smarter Balanced Assessments. Smarter Balanced is replacing the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) that has served as Vermont’s statewide assessment since 2005. The new tests are designed for students in grades 3-8 and 11, and will measure achievement in English Language Arts and Mathematics. Our testing will start the week after April vacation and continue throughout the month of May.
The Smarter Balanced tests are not timed. However, the total time students will be involved in the testing is estimated to be about 8 hours, about the same as NECAP, which will be spread out across several days. The new tests employ a variety of innovations, including the following:
- All testing is administered using a secure online assessment system that includes a variety of tools and technology enhanced test questions that will improve the assessment experience for our students
- Foremost among the new technologies is Computer Adaptive Testing or CAT. CAT selects a unique set of test questions for each student that will produce very precise results in less time than the last generation of pencil and paper tests.
- In addition to the CAT portion of the test, students will also participate in a hands-on, minds-on performance task that permits students to use their skills on an authentic and engaging challenge.
- The assessment also includes an array of embedded accessibility tools for special populations – features such as read aloud, color and contrast choices, expandable reading passages, key word translation glossaries, American Sign Language translation, Braille, and many others
- Because the test is administered on computer results will be returned to schools very quickly. We can expect school scores by early July, and individual student scores before that.
To learn more about Smarter Balanced, log on to the VT Smarter Balanced Assessment Portal where you will find additional information for parents, as well as practice tests that will allow you to try out the test your student will be taking this spring. Here is the link: http://vt.portal.airast.org/
Please note that Vermont’s test delivery system uses state of the art security features that will protect our students’ privacy, and will adhere to all federal and state confidentiality regulations, including but not limited to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
If you have any questions, please feel free to give Pat or Erica a call.
The Vermont Department of Health has asked schools to remind all families that the American Academy of Pediatrics/Bright Futures Guidelines recommends that all children should have a well child exam each year.
The Art exhibit season at Randolph Elementary School is here. Our students will have work on display at RES, Chandler Gallery (March 14th-April 26th) and The Vermont State House (March 5th-31st) during March which is Youth Art Month. Our theme this year is Imagination Encircles The World.
The Chandler Gallery Reception will be April 10th.
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Welcome to the Randolph Elementary School
A message from Erica McLaughlin and Pat Miller, Principals:
Welcome to Randolph Elementary School! If this is your first visit to our learning community, we hope you will enjoy discovering some of what makes our school such a wonderful place to be a student. We are always open to your feedback or your questions. Give us a call, drop us an email, or stop by to schedule a visit. We are proud to share what makes our school “family” so special.
This site is also intended to be an additional information resource for the current school community, and a portal to many academic and research resources for students (see the library links in the left column). If you do not find what you are looking for, please give us a call and we will gladly help you find what you need, or access our Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/randolphelementaryschool.
As a member of the Orange Southwest Supervisory Union, the Randolph Elementary staff, administration, and school board work closely with our partner schools of Braintree Elementary, Brookfield Elementary, Randolph Union High School, and the Randolph Technical Career Center. In addition to sharing common goals for the success of every student, we also share professional development, curriculum, learning resources, and access to high quality coaching and support. Although we are a rural school, our capacity to meet every child’s needs is made stronger and more effective by our collaboration with a wider community of professional colleagues and resources spanning Pre-K through grade 12.
One way that we insure that all three elementary schools have equitable support for their varying needs is through a collaborative administrative model. We work closely, as a team, to oversee and support our schools. In effect, this means that there are three administrators available to each school as needed and that we each have the opportunity to come to value and understand the unique communities of each school. We believe this collaborative approach further strengthens our schools and supports the learning needs of each child!
On behalf of our administrative colleagues, we are honored to serve the children and families of the Randolph Community.
Erica McLaughlin, Pat Miller, Susan McKelvie