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SMS Back in Session 5/24/2017
   
 

Salem Middle School will be back in session for a normal day tomorrow - May 24. Our air quality test came back passing. Thank you so much for your patience! There is a document posted on facebook and our website with Frequently Asked Questions about how this will affect S M S students. Please take a look and call us with questions. Thank you!




 

Assessments
Link to information on assessments below at http://www.doe.in.gov/assessment/
 
 
Acuity  Acuity assessments provide diagnostic measures for grade 3-8 students in ELA,  mathematics, science, and social studies. Assessment reports provide performance data to prepare for ISTEP testing.
http://www.doe.in.gov/assessment/acuity.html  This IDOE page has an overview of Acuity, blueprints and other resources
http://www.acuityforschools.com/ This is CTB’s Acuity website with an overview of Acuity, definitions, and links to additional information.
 
 
mCLASS   mCLASS assessments provide diagnostic measures for K-2 students in literacy and numeracy. mCLASS:Reading 3D and mCLASS:Math help identify students' foundational skills based on student performance on benchmark assessments and regular progress monitoring.
http://www.doe.in.gov/assessment/wireless.html IDOE mCLASS web page with an overview and resources about mCLASS assessments
http://www.doe.in.gov/assessment/mclass_webex.html
List of IDOE webinars related to mCLASS
http://www.wirelessgeneration.com/assessment/mclass-dibels/overview Link to article on Dibels Next from Wireless Generation. BSLE will switch from Dibels to Dibels Next in 2012-13.
 
ISTEP/ECAThe purpose of the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress Plus (ISTEP+) program is to measure student achievement in the subject areas of English/Language Arts, Science, and Mathematics. ISTEP+ reports student achievement in grades 3-8. High school End-of-Course assessments test for proficiency in Algebra I, English 10 and Biology I. Student performance results are use to determine school and district accountability for Adequate Yearly Progress and PL221 Category Placements. For more information look for ISTEP or ECA on this link http://www.doe.in.gov/assessment/
 
ISTAR Indiana Standards Tool for Alternate Reporting (ISTAR) program is to measure achievement in the subject areas of English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies based on alternate academic achievement standards. ISTAR is a web-based system that utilizes teacher ratings on achievement standards appropriate to the achievement level of students with a disability as determined by the case conference committee. http://www.doe.in.gov/assessment/
 
IMAST  Students who participate in IMAST Indiana Modified Achievement Standards Test in lieu of ISTEP+ are expected to earn a high school diploma prior to exiting high school, either by demonstrating proficiency on any required graduation examinations or through the appeals process.  IMAST is presented in a multiple choice format and is  administered to students whose case conference committee determines they meet the eligibility criteria adopted by the Indiana State Board of Education.
 
IREAD3 The purpose of the Indiana Reading Evaluation And Determination (IREAD-3) assessment is to measure foundational reading standards through grade three. Based on the Indiana Academic Standards, IREAD-3 is a summative assessment that was developed in accordance with Public Law 109 which "requires the evaluation of reading skills for students who are in grade three beginning in the Spring of 2012 to ensure that all students can read proficiently before moving on to grade four." IREAD 3 is required for all students. IREAD assessments are optional for Kindergarten, grade 1 and grade 2.
http://www.doe.in.gov/assessment/iread_resources.html IDOE resources and sample questions
 
LAS Links The purpose of the LAS Links assessment is to determine a non-English-speaking student's level of English proficiency. The placement test, administered upon the student's arrival in the United States, is used to determine the ELL services appropriate for the student. The annual assessment, administered in January and February, is used to determine the student's current level of English proficiency and is used for accountability purposes.
http://www.doe.in.gov/assessment/laslinks.html Link to LAS Links resources

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