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Simple Organized Solutions(S.O.S.) : 

SOS 2006-07 Simple Organized Solutions(S.O.S.) A comprehensive guide to common concerns for parents By Danielle Patti and Molly Moore

S.O.S. Goals : 

SOS 2006-07 S.O.S. Goals To provide parents and caregivers with information, guidance, and support for common concerns and issues regarding students in the elementary school and middle school.

A little about ourselves : 

SOS 2006-07 A little about ourselves Danielle Patti, School Counselor Molly Moore, School Psychologist

SOS Topics Covered : 

SOS 2006-07 SOS Topics Covered Study Skills High Stakes Testing General Education Special Services Offered in the Schools Special Education Child Mental Health Issues Part 1 Child Mental Health Issues Part 2 Child Mental Health Issues Part 3 Helping your Child with Social Issues

High Stakes Testing : 

SOS 2006-07 High Stakes Testing New York State Testing Program- Grades 3-8 Other Standardized Tests- Terra Nova Psychological Testing Helping your child overcome test anxiety

Let’s Take a Moment : 

SOS 2006-07 Let’s Take a Moment What do you know about the mandated New York State tests? What questions do you have about testing in the schools? How are your child’s test scores used- how do the results affect your child?

State Mandated Testing : 

SOS 2006-07 State Mandated Testing NYS Education Law requires districts to administer specific state developed tests for students in grades 3-12. NCLB drives the state requirements.

No Child Left Behind Act : 

SOS 2006-07 No Child Left Behind Act Federal legislation aimed at improving the quality of education nationally by increasing accountability for states, school districts, and schools. The law requires that all states receiving federal funding are to test students in Grades 3-8, including students with disabilities, in English Language Arts and Mathematics to measure yearly progress.

New York State Testing Program : 

SOS 2006-07 New York State Testing Program WHO? ALL children grades 3-8 are tested in ELA and math. Grade 4 also are tested in science. Grade 5 are tested in social studies. Grade 8 are tested in science and social studies.

New York State Testing Program : 

SOS 2006-07 New York State Testing Program WHAT? Each test is supposed to cover the learning standards for that subject area. Each test may have different parts Example: 8th Grade Social Studies Test has 2 parts- Part 1 contains 45 multiple-choice questions and several short-answer, constructed-response questions. Part 2 contains a document-based question (DBQ).

New York State Testing Program : 

SOS 2006-07 New York State Testing Program Where/ When? The tests are taken in school, during the school day. Each test has a time limit. Tests are spread out throughout the school year; the dates are mandated by NY State. ELA grades 3-8 are in January Math grades 3-8 are in March Science Grade 4 and 8 are in April (8th grade written is in May) Social studies- Grade 5 in November, Grade 8 in June

New York State Testing Program : 

SOS 2006-07 New York State Testing Program WHY? NY State has developed “Learning Standards” for each grade level (1-12), and the testing program is a way to check and make sure school districts are teaching these standards. “No Child Left Behind Act”

Is Southwestern Meeting the New York State Standards? : 

SOS 2006-07 Is Southwestern Meeting the New York State Standards? Southwestern receives an annual “report card”, which provides information about how our school is doing compared to other New York State schools. You can check out our annual report card on www.emsc.nysed.gov

NY State Testing Myths and Facts : 

SOS 2006-07 NY State Testing Myths and Facts Myth: If my child does not “Pass” the test, she will FAIL her grade!

NY State Testing Myths and Facts : 

SOS 2006-07 NY State Testing Myths and Facts Fact: How your child does on her state test will NOT affect if she will pass that school year. It will, however, determine if she must qualify for Academic Intervention Services for the following school year.

NY State Testing Myths and Facts : 

SOS 2006-07 NY State Testing Myths and Facts Myth: “Now that NY state has mandated testing, our kids are being “taught to the test”- there is no longer time for creative learning!”

NY State Testing Myths and Facts : 

SOS 2006-07 NY State Testing Myths and Facts Fact: Teachers are required to follow the learning standards developed by New York State, and the testing is a way to assure that is happening. While a lot of emphasis is put on the state tests, kids still have time to do creative projects, and learning can still be fun!

Testing Accommodations for NY State Tests : 

SOS 2006-07 Testing Accommodations for NY State Tests If your child qualifies for services under Special Education or Section 504, he is entitled to certain accommodations that are appropriate for him and for the test. Testing accommodations that would skew the results of the test are not permitted (e.g., reading the test to the student is not allowed on the ELA exam, but it is allowed on the other exams).

ELA Scores : 

SOS 2006-07 ELA Scores You will receive a copy of your child’s ELA test results from the school after New York State sends the scores to us. The scores range from 455-800 in four different levels. Your child’s performance report will describe each level.

Interpreting State Test Scores…1,2,3,4???? : 

SOS 2006-07 Interpreting State Test Scores…1,2,3,4???? Students scoring Level 1 will require intensive instructional intervention. Students scoring Level 2 will be identified to receive extra help in a variety of ways based on individual performance. Some students will receive extra help in class. Some will have instruction in smaller groups to provide remediation in their specific areas of need. High Level 2’s will be closely monitored to promote progress. All Level 1 and Level 2 students will be invited to attend summer enrichment program for ELA and Math Skills.

Level 3 & 4 : 

SOS 2006-07 Level 3 & 4 Students scoring a Level 3 or 4 have met or exceeded state standards. In some situations, scores may be used in conjunction with other information to determine eligibility for Discovery Program at the elementary school.

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Some Things to Consider : 

SOS 2006-07 Some Things to Consider In Elementary school the test scores are a tool for developing an academic program to best meet your child’s needs. A low score on a state assessment does not mean your child will fail.

School Benchmarking Tests : 

SOS 2006-07 School Benchmarking Tests Kindergarten: DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills) Grade 1: DIBELS & Grade Level Developed Math Test Grade 2: DIBELS, Terra Nova & Grade Level Developed Math Test Grade 5-8: AIMSWeb reading fluency

Middle School Benchmarking Tests : 

SOS 2006-07 Middle School Benchmarking Tests Starting in the Fall of 2006, we will be using a program called Aimsweb to benchmark 5th- 8th grade student’s reading fluency. This will be used as a screening device to make sure children are progressing in their reading skills, and if not, that we try to provide them with appropriate interventions.

Psychological Testing in the schools : 

SOS 2006-07 Psychological Testing in the schools Conducted by the school psychologist A psychological assessment is usually recommended by the Child Study Team or Student Support Team, in conjunction with parent permission. This type of assessment is conducted one-on-one, and is based on that child’s particular needs.

Psychological Testing : 

SOS 2006-07 Psychological Testing Psychological testing may be recommended if there is suspicion of the following: Learning Disability Emotional Disturbance Mental Retardation Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder * Other factors that are affecting learning

Psychological Testing in the Schools- what does it involve? : 

SOS 2006-07 Psychological Testing in the Schools- what does it involve? Observation Review of records Consultation with teachers, parents, and others. Social History form Cognitive test/ IQ test Adaptive behavior scales Individualized achievement test Behavior rating scales Visual- Motor screening Memory assessment Other scales (ex. Depression inventory)

Psychological Testing : 

SOS 2006-07 Psychological Testing Testing results are shared with parents on an individual basis, and are then shared with the school staff that “need to know”. Results are kept confidential- records are kept in a separate file, and only those who work directly with the child and have a need to know the results have access to them.

Psychological Testing : 

SOS 2006-07 Psychological Testing If I suspect my child has some learning difficulties, what do I do? Talk with your child’s teacher Ask to meet with the school psychologist If you feel testing is warranted, formally request an assessment

Test Anxiety : 

SOS 2006-07 Test Anxiety Try not to get excited. If your child expresses that he/she is nervous discuss things you do to calm yourself down. If the anxiety becomes overwhelming for your child consult your school counselor or school psychologist for exercises to do at home.

Test Preparation : 

SOS 2006-07 Test Preparation Make sure your child gets to bed on time the night before a test. Feed your child a healthy breakfast the morning of the test. Try to make sure your child does not miss school on test days.

How Parents Can Help : 

SOS 2006-07 How Parents Can Help Talk with your child’s teacher. Be supportive throughout the year. Encourage good work habits. Present a positive attitude toward the tests. Be sure your child is physically prepared on the day of the test.

Resources for Parents : 

SOS 2006-07 Resources for Parents Refer to NYS Testing Program Parent Guide.

Questions/ Comments? : 

SOS 2006-07 Questions/ Comments? Workshop Evaluation

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