Our First Week Of PARCC Testing Is Behind Us

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We are happy to report that we have  completed our first week of PARCC testing for most students in grades 3-8. Aside from a few make-up sessions next week for students who were absent this week, the performance-based component of this year’s PARCC assessments is complete.

Although there were a few challenges, we were able to get through testing for about 1600 students in five schools days thanks to the diligent efforts of students and staff. Despite so many students testing simultaneously across the district, our technological infrastructure performed extremely well.  During the week we collected information about the performance of the TestNav app for ELA and math from our teachers and students and we will be in contact with the Massachusetts DESE and Pearson with our feedback.

We will be administering the end-of-year component from May 18-21. For more information on the difference between the performance-based component and the end-of-year test click here.  For more information or any questions about PARCC Testing please contact Assistant Superintendent Patrick Larkin (larkin@bpsk12.org).

Congratulations To BHS Freshman Olivia Virgin On Her National Recognition

Congratulations to BHS Freshman Olivia Virgin on earning a National Silver Medal in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of 2015.  Olivia’s photograph, entitled “Uncle Henry” was taken while she was an 8th grade BEAM student and member of the MSMS Photo Club.  Winning a Gold Key at the State level, “Uncle Henry” was sent onward to NYC, where “he” received a Silver Medal!  Congratulations to Olivia, her family, and of course, Uncle Henry!

Parent Tech Night: PARCC Assessments

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The BPS EdTech Team will be hosting a Parent Tech Night this Wednesday, March 18 from 6-8 PM at Marshall Simonds Middle School. Join us to learn about the 2015 Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessments for grades 3-8 in Burlington schools. Participants will be able to explore practice tests and experience features of the PARCC TestNav application being used by students during the assessments.

Please register to attend the March 18 PARCC Parent Tech Night here.

Burlington students in grades 3-8 will be completing the PARCC assessments for English Language Arts and Math during the week of March 23-27. Students will be using their 1:1 iPads for the tests. The BPS EdTech and IT Teams have been preparing student devices and helping to support teachers and students for the upcoming assessments.

Branching Out With STEM – BPS Tech Savvy Parenting Digital BootCamp Series (March 2)

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We are excited for our next Tech Savvy Parenting event on Monday, March 2 at 6 p.m. in the Marshall Simonds Middle School Library. The topic for this month’s workshop is branching out with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).

Please register here if you plan on attending. We welcome parents from neighboring communities, so bring a friend.