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MRS. BOLAND'S SECOND GRADE CLASS-September 5, 2014

UPDATES...

We have had a fabulous week in second grade!!! The kiddos loved ending the week with a pajama party they completely earned from such great behavior! We also celebrated the end of our superhero reading unit with several guest readers! A huge thank you to the parents that were able to read to the class today!

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What we are learning...

Math: We are working on subtraction strategies in topic 3. Please be sure to practice addition and subtraction flash cards at home. It really helps with math fluency!!


Reading: the best way for your child to become a better reader is to have them read..ALOT!! Our focus this week will be on retelling a story. When you read with your child, have them retelling what the story was about!!


Writing: Small moments


Science: animal life cycles


Spelling: New words will come home on Monday and the test will be on Friday.

Any questions or concerns please email me!

Questions about NWEA...

Northwest Evaluation Association™ (NWEA™)

Students in grades K-4 will participate in an adaptive computerized assessment at least two times a year (fall and spring). NWEA is a global not-for-profit educational services organization with over 30 years of experience developing adaptive assessments, professional development and educational research.

How are NWEA assessments used?

Assessments are used to measure your student’s progress or growth in school. You may have a growth chart in your home on which you mark your child’s height at certain times, such as on his or her birthday. It shows how much he or she has grown from one year to the next. NWEA assessments do the same sort of thing, except they measure your child’s growth in mathematics and reading.

What does the assessment look like?

The NWEA computerized assessments are adaptive whereas the difficulty of each question is based on how well a student answers all the previous questions. As the student answers correctly, questions become more difficult. If the student answers incorrectly, the questions become easier. The final score is an estimate of the student’s achievement level.

How do teachers and families use the test scores?

NWEA provides information to guide instruction in identifying the needs of students from struggling to advanced learners, providing teachers with information for below, on and above grade level needs. NWEA utilizes engaging electronic test items that encourage student participation for more accurate results. These tests are tailored to an individual’s current achievement level. Progress and growth in basic skills are monitored. They let teachers know where a student’s strengths are and if help is needed in any specific areas. Teachers use this information to help them guide instruction in the classroom. They will also work with students and families on targeted growth through goal setting for individual student needs. Families will receive a (fall and spring) report after participation in this assessment. The report shows student results compared to district and national norms as well as targeted growth for the next assessment date. Fall results can be discussed at Parent/Teacher conference time.

Where do I find more information?

Families can read more about the assessments and FAQs on the NWEA website.

http://www.nwea.org/

https://www.nwea.org/content/uploads/2014/07/ParentToolkit_0.pdf