I have heard from parents that assessments have started for some elementary students. But naturally, parents aren't being informed about this.
Here's a link to the K-8 assessments.
Here's a link to the high school assessments.
Some schools still use MAP (except in high school)and some will use Amplify. One parent said she was told that Amplify was being used for "instructional differentiation."
From the Soup for Teachers page via Erin Kinsells Klones:
MAP can potentially be administered three times a year: Sept. 21-Oct. 30, Jan 4-29 and May 9-June 10.
WaKIDS can also be
administered, in buildings that have all-day state-funded K, Aug.
1-Oct. 29, Oct. 30-Feb. 14 and Feb. 15-July 31.
This information is
available on the District website.
Now the tricky part, the part that
concerns us greatly: parents may or may not be informed. Crazy, we know,
but that is part of the work we're doing. School admin at your building SHOULD give you a testing calendar and inform you not only of the test
but what it is going to be used to discover, who will have access to the
data (may shock you, just a heads-up), how long the testing will take,
who will conduct it and how the social/emotional health of your child
will be monitored during the potentially stressful event.
We'd love to
see an opt-out form given out to parents in the first day packets that
come home with kids, too, but the District isn't too jazzed about that!
So...I recommend that you talk to your child's teacher and see if they
are administering MAP and/or WaKIDS, and when. Then ask questions,
informed, perhaps, by what I share with you here, and realize that YOU
CAN OPT YOUR CHILD OUT OF ALL TESTING IN GRADES K-8 WITH NO PROBLEM,
WHATSOEVER!! You don't need a form, you can write your opt out note on a
napkin. Seriously. Be sure and opt out of practice tests and make-up