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FALL MAP TESTING BEGINS SEPTEMBER 25

Dear Parents,

MAP is on our radar. During the period of Sept. 25 – October 12, DAIS students in grades 1-8 will be involved in writing the first session of this year’s Measures of Academic Progress (MAP). MAP tests are completed in the Fall and Spring of each school year. Our purpose in having our students write MAP is three-fold.  To provide us another tool in determining your child’s instructional level, to measure academic growth throughout the school year and to give us comparative data on how our DAIS students are doing in comparison to the ten million plus students in the norm group, and students in over 200 other international schools around the world.

MAP tests are unique in that your child will take the tests on a computer and the tests are adaptive in nature. The questions that appear on your child’s screen adjust in difficulty depending upon prior responses, zeroing in on your child’s level of learning. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing.  Students in Grade 1 will write two different tests (Reading & Mathematics), while students in Grade 2 write three tests ( Reading, Language Usage and Math). Students in grades 3-8 complete an additional test in Science for a total of four tests over the week. Each test is approximately 40 to 60 minutes in duration, though there is no limit for children who require extra time.

It is always important that children try their best, but please know there is no studying that can be done for this type of testing. Preparation is done through the daily classroom learning the children experience. That said, a good night’s rest and breakfast are definite pluses.

One great feature of MAP is that there is no long delay in obtaining performance data. Within a couple of weeks of each testing period, you will receive a complete report showing your child’s results and a comparative analysis of your child’s performance to that of the norm group. For more information on resources for parents, download the Parent Toolkit at: https://www.nwea.org/parent-toolkit/ or as always, our door is open at school for any questions you may have.

Sincerely,

Seamus Marriott

FALL 2017 MAP TESTING SCHEDULE

DAIS NEWS – Sept 4th Edition

Back to School Night- Wednesday Sept 20 @6:15pm

Our Back to School Night is designed to provide parents with an opportunity to meet their child’s teacher and to learn about the instructional philosophy and the curriculum at the grade level. The session is designed to be a whole group conversation and not an individual parent- teacher conference time. We are extremely excited to share what we do, so we hope you can join us. We wish to include working parents so we purposefully scheduled our event to begin at 6:15pm. We will begin with a whole group session and then move to more specific sessions within the grade level classrooms. To accommodate parents with more than one child in school, each classroom teacher will host two identical twenty (25) minute sessions. Please note that the “Back to School” event is designed as a parent information evening, so children are not expected to attend. That said, there will be child care available if needed.

Evening Schedule:

6:15-6:45 Opening and Specialists

6:50-7:15-Classroom Session 1

7:20-7:45-Classroom Session 2

We look forward to welcoming you.

Announcing DAIS Open Mic

Open Mic is a new initiative aimed to provide students the opportunity to share their learning with an audience in an authentic and timely manner. Open Mic will begin on Monday, Sept.11 and will rotate on a schedule of every second Monday from that point. Individual students, small groups or a whole class, in coordination with their teacher, can sign up for one of the five slots on the assembly agenda. Parents will be notified by the teacher by Friday of the week prior should their child be presenting at the subsequent Monday Assembly.

The Open Mic initiative is intended to replace what returning families have known as Community Time, yet still provide children the opportunity to hone their communication and presentation skills. Besides providing children an opportunity to share their learning in a more timely/authentic manner, Open Mic should also provide parents in attendance an enhanced experience in regard to being able to see and hear their child. In addition, Monday Assemblies are 30 minutes long, so working parents can share in their child’s “on stage moments” and still arrive to the office in a timely manner. Increased enrollment, the foot print of the assembly area and potential audience size was another point considered in making this change.

Revised MAP Test Dates:  Sept 25 – October 12

Elementary children will write during the week of Sept 25 and Middle School students will write after the MS Trip.

 

 

Spring MAP Testing to Run–> April 17-28

Dear Parents,

From April 17th to April 28th DAIS students are scheduled to take tests called Measures of Academic Progress™ (MAP).  We give students MAP tests in September to determine their initial instructional level and again in April/May to measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year in the areas of Reading, Language Usage, Math and Science. Your child will take the tests on a computer.

MAP tests are unique in that they adapt to the level appropriate for your child’s learning.

As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing. For about 40-60 minutes each day for 2-5 days, the Kindergarten to Grade Eight students will either go to the computer lab for testing or write the test on their laptop.  This testing is done in the morning so that students are full of energy.

Following each testing period, you will receive a report showing your child’s growth; this will be followed-up by a parent presentation explaining how to interpret the data provided, this presentation will also share with you the school wide test results.

We are excited to be gathering our second set of data this year. These tests, along with other teacher created assessments allow us to individualize your child’s learning program.

Plenty of rest and a good breakfast will help to set your child up for success when writing the MAP tests.  No homework will be assigned to your child the night before a MAP test, thereby allowing them extra time for outdoor play.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Lory Thiessen

Director/Principal

Dostyk American International School

For more information about the MAP test.  Please see:

NWEA Parent Guide to MAP

NWEA Resources for Parents

Fall MAP Testing Begins Monday>Runs 5-16 September

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Dear Parents,

From September 5th to September 16th your child is scheduled to take tests called Measures of Academic Progress™ (MAP).  We give students MAP tests to determine their initial instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year in the areas of Reading, Language Usage, Math and Science. Your child will take the tests on a computer.

Click here to view- Fall  MAP Testing Schedule

MAP tests are unique in that they adapt to the level appropriate for your child’s learning.  As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing. For about 40-60 minutes each day for 2-5 days, the Kindergarten to Grade Eight students will go to the computer lab for testing.  This testing is done in the morning so that students are full of energy.

Each school year, students from Kindergarten through Grade Eight take the tests in September and again in May.  Following each testing period, you will receive a report showing your child’s growth; this will be followed-up by a parent presentation sharing school wide test results.

We are excited to be gathering our first set of data this year. These tests, along with other  teacher created assessments will help us analyze your child’s learning. With this information in hand we will plan your child’s learning program.

For more information on resources for parents, please see  Parent Toolkit.

Click Here – Download Parent Toolkit

 

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Lory Thiessen