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  • Mike McCarthy, Principal Phoenix Families!

    Smarter Balance Assessment (SBA) testing will begin on May 7th
    with each grade testing on these specific days:
    6th Grade – 7, 14, 23, 24 and 28
    7th Grade – 8, 15, 20, 21 and 30
    8th Grade – 9, 13, 16, 17 and 29
    The benefits for your scholar’s participation in testing are as
    • Assessments evaluate critical state standards, including
    higher-level thinking, communication, reasoning, problem
    solving, and application of knowledge and skills in new
    • Teachers and staff can gain information about students’
    progress toward meeting grade-level expectations (what
    students should know and be able to do) in the core
    academic areas of reading, writing, math, and science, and
    can plan instruction accordingly.
    • Students become familiar with the test and have several
    chances to get feedback on their performance, before
    taking the state assessment as a graduation requirement.
    • Each student’s state assessment performance provides a
    profile of the student’s strengths and weak areas in each
    subject area tested.
    • Parents and students can see student growth from year to
    Through a request to the state, parents can view their child’s
    answers on their completed state assessment to gain a deeper
    understanding of how their child is progressing on state standards.
    Because the state assessment measures students’ progress toward
    meeting standards, information regarding the performance of
    district groups of students can help district staff make decisions
    about the effectiveness of various instructional programs.
    Please let your child’s teacher know if you have any questions.

    Principal McCarthy


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