May 9, 2019
Dear Parent or Guardian:
We strive to ensure that your child—and all Vernon Public Schools students—receive an education that prepares them to thrive in a global economy and in civic life. That’s why Connecticut has adopted challenging academic standards, including the Connecticut Core Standards in mathematics and language arts, as well as the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). We expect that all our students will attain a firm grounding in mathematics, language arts, and science by the time they graduate from high school, preparing them to succeed in the future. Our teachers and administrators are committed to working together to support students with excellent instruction and resources to meet these new expectations.
With these statewide learning goals, Connecticut needs ways to measure student progress. Assessments are like academic checkups; they help teachers and parents see where students are, compared with where they need to be. The results can reveal subject areas where a student is excelling and subject areas where a student needs extra help. The state requires assessments in the subject areas of English language arts and mathematics using the Smarter Balanced Assessment at the elementary and middle school levels, and in Grade 11 using the SAT, which can also be used as a college entrance exam. The state also requires assessments in science in Grades 5, 8, and 11, using the NGSS Assessments.
The NGSS Assessments for Grade 11 will take place at RHS from Ma 21-May 24 during junior students traditional science classes.
The NGSS Assessments are administered on computers, and these assessments use real-world science applications and questions requiring students to show that they can use science and engineering practices to demonstrate their understanding of science content. Sample items can be viewed through the Practice Tests. The NGSS Assessments should take most students about 90 minutes to complete, although students can have as much time as they need to finish. As with all statewide assessments, a variety of supports are available to all students, and additional accommodations are available for students with special needs, as determined by an individualized education program (IEP) or 504 Plan.
To find resources specifically for parents and guardians, including ways to help your child with the new standards at home, please visit CTCoreStandards.org/ or https://www.nextgenscience.org/parentguides/.
Science Department Chair RHS