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Instruction Update: April 2018

Instruction Update: April 2018
Posted on 04/23/2018
This month, teachers have continued to emphasize strategies for success on MCAS with our students and in our Instruction and Learning meetings. In addition to our rigorous, MCAS-aligned curriculum, what have we been doing to prepare students?

Cores Specialties
  • School-wide focus on constructed response
  • Independent Reading campaign of 20 books per student
  • Common assessments in (Math and ELA) that are administered MCAS-style
  • Using the curriculum to practice and be explicit about test-taking strategies
  • Test-Prep Thursday: Do Nows are test-prep focused
  • Exploring the test navigation and taking available practice tests
  • Making strategies visible in the classroom
  • School-wide focus on constructed response
  • Common assessments in (Math and ELA) that are administered MCAS-style
  • Visual and Performing Arts and Physical Education: Focus on anxiety tips
  • Making strategies visible in the classroom

Please find below tips regarding how students can prepare before the test, what they can do during the test, and how you can help.

Before the Test

General Tips

Stress Tips

How can families support students during MCAS?

  • Review the MCAS tips with your child.
  • Practice stress reduction tips.
  • Talk with your child about MCAS and the importance of giving their best effort.
  • Encourage your child to leave nothing blank! There is no penalty for guessing.
  • Ensure that your child gets a good night’s sleep and has a good breakfast the day of the testing.
  • Remind your child how important it is to answer every part of a question and to explain their thinking.