Talbot County Public Schools
Update/Actualización | Issue: #26 | 3-19-2021
March 19: Crazy Sock Day to celebrate World Downs Syndrome Awareness Day
March 25: Green Day for Cerebral Palsy Awareness
April 1: End of Quarter and Early Dismissal
April 1: Teacher and Support Staff of the Year Announcement
April 2-9: Spring Break
April 12: School re-opens
Work Session: Related Arts at Easton Elementary
Update on Maryland State Testing
Dr. Helga Einhorn, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction shared an update on the Maryland State Board of Education’s decisions regarding the Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP) with the Talbot County Board of Education at their March meeting.
There had been concern regarding administering mandated state testing given current limitations for in person learning. This included losing already limited instructional time to assessments, scheduling assessments given COVID safety protocols, and administering tests to virtual students. The school district has received notification of changes for administering assessments for the 2021-2022 school year from the State Board, which include the following.
- The English Language Arts and Math MCAP for grades 3-8 will not be administered this spring. These assessments will be postponed until fall 2021.
- The English 10, Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry assessments are still open for spring 2021. This is to accommodate the fact that some school districts had started testing students in these subjects prior to the March 4 State Board decision. These assessments will also be available for administration in the fall 2021. Since TCPS had not yet started testing, we will be opting to administer the assessments to students in these subjects in the fall.
- Alternative Assessments in math, ELA, and science in grades 3-8 and high school will not be administered this spring and will also be deferred until the fall.
The assessments administered in the fall will be of shorter duration and will have a quick turnaround time for scoring which would allow the data to be used for instructional planning. In addition to these changes, TCPS follow will the State Board’s consideration of shifting the current graduation exit assessments in Algebra, English, science, and government to end of course assessments that would be accounted for in students’ final course grades. This has gone out for public comment and Dr. Einhorn will continue to update the Talbot County Board as the State Board continues to deliberate that possible change.
“I do want to assure you that even though we are not administering MCAP this spring, we are continuing to administer our local assessments in all courses and grade levels,” said Dr. Einhorn. “This data is essential for helping teachers monitor student progress in meeting grade level and course standards as well as in the planning of instruction that supports student learning.”
While TCPS will not be administering MCAP this spring, they are proceeding with the ACCESS 2.0 administration this spring. TCPS is also moving forward with Advanced Placement testing and Career and Technology industry standard assessments and have administered the SAT and PSAT.
Congratulations to Jeff Bell, recognized as the Easton Elementary School Giant Teacher of the Month!
2021-22 TCPS Registration is Open!
March 25th: What Parents Need to Know about Youth Substance-Use Prevention
You are invited to attend a zoom webinar on teen substance-use prevention. Q&A at the end. Pre-registration is required. After registering, a zoom link will be sent to your email.
Please join us for the opportunity to learn about:
- Young children and teen substance use
- Recognizing signs
- Primary prevention tips/strategies
- What to do if you suspect or know
- Local resources
Guest Speakers from the Health Department:
Beth Williams - Prevention Consultant
Logan Harris - Community Health Educator
If you any questions, please contact:
Talbot County Public Schools
Special Education Parent Involvement Survey
MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD! YOUR OPINION MATTERS!
Parents or guardians of children receiving special education and related services were mailed the Maryland Special Education Parent Involvement Survey from the Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services during the week of February 8, 2021. Parents are asked to complete the survey and return it in the postage-paid envelope by May 21, 2021. The survey may also be completed online. Parent feedback will help guide efforts to improve special education and related services in your local school system. Your voice can make a real difference for your child and many other children across the state of Maryland. To learn more, please visit https://www.mdparentsurvey.com
CHOPTANK HEALTH'S SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CENTERS ARE OPEN!
TCPS meal distribution continues this week. Meal pick up is offered at all locations except Easton High School on Tuesdays and Fridays from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. for all children ages 2-18.