SPRING EVENTS HAPPENING
AT MT HALL SCHOOL
The Idaho State mandated SBAC Field Test is scheduled to take place in all Boundary County schools for Grades 3-11, beginning . Make-up testing may occur as late as . The SBAC test will replace the ISAT Language Usage, Reading and Math tests as the State's required standardized test. The Science ISAT will continue to be administered in the Spring to 5th, 7th and 10th grade students, until further notice from the State. Two SBAC tests (with two sections each) will be administered, English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics.
Opting out of the SBAC is NOT allowed per the Idaho State Department of Education. This year's field test provides an opportunity for students to have exposure to the expectations and format of the SBAC test prior to having it count toward their promotion and State graduation requirements next school year. Student scores will NOT be received at the state level, district level or school level. As a field test, questions are simply being validated for future testing.
If you have questions or concerns regarding the test, please feel free to contact Robin Merrifield, Testing Coordinator and Curriculum Director for Boundary County School District, at 208-267-7962. You may also visit the SBAC website at the following link: http://www.smarterbalanced.org/field-test/
Thank you for your support and understanding during this time of transition.
Wendy White has been selected as the Boundary County School District’s Classified Employee of the month.
Each day when the students enter the building, they are greeted with wonderful smells coming from the kitchen where she is hard at work preparing their food. She does so with a smile on her face and always a kind word. The kids are well taken care of and are very comfortable, volunteering to help. I am drawn toward the kitchen by the scent of fresh bread baking, and boy can she bake.
We greatly appreciate her dedication and many years of outstanding service for our school, the kids and the community. Congratulations!!!
Congratulations goes out to Mr. George Hays, Mount Hall Elementary 5th grade teacher, as the Boundary County School District’s Certificated Employee of the Month.
Mr. Hays brings a lot to the classroom for his kids and they enjoy being a part of it. He has a keen understanding of his kids, their needs and interests. His long career in our district has seen him wearing many hats. Teacher, coach, lead-teacher, master of ceremonies, auctioneer, jog-a-thon, you name it and he is there.
We appreciate all the many years of service and support for our students, the district and community in which he serves.
In the 2014-15 school year, Idaho will roll out new assessments in mathematics and English Language Arts that are aligned to the new Idaho Core Standards. These new assessments will be used to gauge how well students are mastering these new, higher academic standards. In high school grades, these assessments will ultimately be used to determine how ready students are for education after high school and the workforce.
These new assessments are the next-generation of assessments and will differ from the previous Idaho Standards Achievement Tests (ISAT) in several ways. Whereas the ISAT only measured student knowledge based on multiple-choice questions, the new test will include different question types – open-ended response, technology-enhanced items, and performance tasks – to better measure what a student truly knows and is able to do at the end of each grade level. In addition, the new test will adapt to your child’s ability so your local school can better measure how much academic growth your child has demonstrated in a given school year.
While this new test will not be officially administered to all students until spring 2015, all of Idaho’s public schools will be participating in a field test this spring to ensure that the testing process runs smoothly when new tests are administered next year. This means that your child will take the field tests in math and English language arts this spring 2014, instead of taking the ISAT in math, reading, and language usage.
The purpose of the field test is to “test the test” and help prepare schools, teachers, and students for the full implementation of the new assessments in spring 2015. Because this is a field test, similar to a pilot, no scores will be sent home for your child from the field test. However, taking this field test will still greatly benefit your child because he or she will experience the new test a year in advance and become more familiar with the different types of questions.
To see the different types of test questions that will be on the new assessments, go to
https://sbacpt.tds.airast.org/student/ and click the “sign-in” button
Please note, if your child is in 5th, 7th, or 10th grade, he or she will still be required to take the statewide ISAT in science this spring.
If you have any questions about the field test of the new assessments aligned to the Idaho Core Standards or the other information provided in this letter, please contact me at Mount Hall or Robin Merrifield, Assessment Director at 267-7962.
Idaho Reading Indicator Assessment will begin, as will this assessment, after Spring Break.
Mt Hall Elementary
1275 Highway 1
Bonners Ferry, Idaho 83805
Mr. Jim Nash, Principal
Special Education Director
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