March 22, 2016
Dear Parent or Guardian:
As your child grows and learns during the school year, we want to determine what he or she knows and how well he or she can perform in core academic skill areas. We are writing to inform you that Imagine Hope Tolson will administer the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), and DC Science tests this spring. These state-required assessments for the District were first administered in the 2014-15 school year and provide critical insights to your child’s academic progress and ability. Detailed results from these assessments help parents understand their child’s needs and strengths and work with their school to identify resources to support their child’s education. Schools can use the information to better plan instruction, support and enrichment for students in the coming year and strengthen instruction for all students.
Parents we ask that you please ensure your students are here on time each day throughout testing. Students need to arrive to school no later than 8:00 am. It is imperative that we have all students in attendance, especially those in grades 3-8, as we want them to have every opportunity to do their absolute best on this assessment. We also ask that there is no early pick up during the testing window, as we will conduct any necessary make up exams in the afternoon. We ask that you not arrive to pick up your students prior to 3:30 pm each day.
In the District of Columbia, the PARCC Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA) assessments are required for students in grades 3-8, and for high school students when they are enrolled in courses aligned with the PARCC ELA II, and Geometry or Integrated Math II, depending on the student’s and school’s curriculum. At our school, students in grades 3-8 will take the PARCC assessment on computers and/or iPads. The DC Science assessment is required for students in grades 5 and 8, and for high school students enrolled in a Biology course. Please rest assured that students with identified learning needs will be provided necessary accommodations per their individual plans (IEP, ELL, 504).
At Imagine Hope Tolson the assessments will be administered in the following windows:
PARCC: April 4-May 13, 2016
DC Science: May 2-June 3, 2016
We are excited that DC students are participating in these high-quality, next generation assessments that will help all of us better understand what our students know and are able to do. You can find a suite of helpful resources, including score reports, at www.osse.dc.gov/parcc and results.osse.dc.gov to help you better understand and prepare for the assessments. We ask for your assistance in encouraging your child to do his or her best, and in making sure your child is present and on time during the testing windows for both assessment and instruction.
We will hold a parent informational session on Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 9:00 am. The meeting will be held in the multipurpose room.
If you have any questions regarding the new assessments, please contact Kimberly Ward or Erika Lovette, and we will be happy to speak with you. Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.