"Starting this year there will be a new mandated state assessment, known as the MEA Smarter Balanced assessment, which all of our third year students will be taking this May. Since this assessment is quite different in its testing format and question structure than past state assessments, we have developed a plan to expose and prepare our students to take this assessment.
This past Monday, we introduced Junior students to the Smarter Balanced assessment and its components using the attached slide show. During the next few months we will be using activity block to go through practice assessments as well as review sample questions and test taking strategies to better support our students in demonstrating their knowledge and expertise. If parents & guardians would also like to help better support your son or daughter's understanding there are also a variety of resources that you can access through Smarter Balanced or our own RSU#57 Website.
To prepare students for the upcoming practice work, we have also asked your son or daughter to ensure that their iPads is updated to the newest operating system (iOS8) by tomorrow. Since this is a larger download that takes some time it is important that this is completed today after school or at home."