|Mr. Louis E. Allen Jr., Director
February 14, 2014
Dear Parent or Guardian:
The New London Public Schools are one of many districts in the country that will participate in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Field Test this spring. Over 100 of Connecticut’s school districts and schools in 24 states will participate in the field test starting this March. Additionally, some students throughout the state of Connecticut will also take all or part of the Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT).
For Science and Technology Magnet High School of Southeastern Connecticut, students in the grades shown below will participate in the following:
Grades 11: Smarter Balanced assessments for English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics - Testing will occur between March 20, 2014 and April 8, 2014
Grade 10 (only): CAPT Reading, Writing, Mathematics, and Science assessments Testing will occur between March 3, 2014 and March 19, 2014
Note: Students assessed with the CAPT Skills Checklist will continue to be assessed using the Skills Checklist.
To comply with federal and state statute, participation in the field test is required. Please note that the Smarter Balanced assessment will adhere to all federal and state privacy laws, including but not limited to Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
This is an exciting opportunity for our district. Students will be able to try out new, online testing software and new question types that will be similar to future Smarter Balanced assessments. Every student response is a valuable piece of information that will be used to ensure that the new assessments are valid, reliable, and fair for all students.
To learn more, we encourage you to visit the Connecticut State Department of Education website at
http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/cwp/view.asp?a=2748&Q=334488 or the Smarter Balanced website at www.smarterbalanced.org for more information.
Additionally, a regional Parent Teacher Community Forum will be held in Norwich on March 1, 2014 to share information about the Common Core and Smarter Balanced assessment. More specific information regarding the community forum will be provided as it becomes available.
If you have questions regarding your child’s participation, please contact me at 860-437-6496.
Science and Technology Magnet High School of Southeastern Connecticut