Tuesday, March 10, 2015

A memo from the Board of School Committee regarding Smarter Balanced Assessment

Subject: Parent Information on Smarter Balanced Assessment

March 9, 2015

Dear Parent/Guardian:
The Manchester School District is required by state and federal law to administer the Smarter Balanced Assessment.  It will take place starting March 16, 2015 and must be completed by June 5, 2015.  Students in grades 3-8 and grade 11 are scheduled to take the assessment.
It has come to the attention of the Manchester School District Board of School Committee that some parents object to the administration of the test and intend to keep their student from school when the test will be administered.  While the Manchester School District is prohibited from encouraging nonparticipation in the Smarter Balanced Assessment process, rather than keeping student home from school during the administration of the testing, upon written or emailed notification by the parent/guardian the student will be relocated and provided alternative programming during the applicable testing period.

There will be no penalty to parents or students who do not participate in the assessment.  If you have any questions about the assessment or wish for more information, please contact your child's principal.

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