Reminder from Todd Harrison, Bigelow Principal:
Tuesday, June 8: Math MCAS test
Thursday, June 10: Science/Technology/Engineering MCAS test (grade 8 only)
This year, each MCAS test will consist of one session. The expected length of a session is 1.5-2.5 hours, but students have the full school day to complete the test, until 2:50pm, if needed.
These assessments are important. They will provide you with feedback on your child’s progress, and they will give us valuable information about each student, groups of students, and the effectiveness of our curricula, instruction, and programs.
Our emphasis with all students is on individual progress. We do not want them to feel undo stress about the assessments; at the same time we want them to take the assessments seriously and strive to do their best work.
We want all of the students to approach these assessments in a positive and confident frame of mind. Your help makes a huge difference. Here are a few tips:
Words of encouragement to your child are especially helpful before the assessments and on the day of it.
Please make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep prior to each test, a healthy breakfast on the morning of each test, and arrives to school on time.
Please make sure your child’s laptop is charged overnight before each test. Here is a computer checklist.
Bringing a water bottle is also recommended.
Thank you for your assistance in helping your child do their best.