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DCSD encourages parents to provide input on 'testing madness'

CASTLE ROCK - The Douglas County School District is scheduling a series of parent meetings to inform families about the increase in mandated tests and to capture their concerns over the testing. Parents and school staff have voiced concern over the increase in state mandated standardized testing. The burden of the state testing demands are forcing an "unbalanced" assessment system, due to extensive testing time factors, technology use for testing and over-representation of lower level skills.
The majority of the balanced assessment system should be made up of assessment practices that students, teachers, and the schools value most, in other words, those that provide rigorous authentic performance expectations and produce meaningful descriptive results.
As a district, we are working closely with our principals, teachers, parents, legislators, and state officials to address these concerns. 
DCSD is hosting a series of parent meetings, providing information on testing concerns, answering their questions and seeking their input.

‘Testing Madness’ Meetings

Jan. 24, 3-4:30 p.m.
Wilcox Board Room

620 Wilcox Street
3rd Floor
Castle Rock

Jan. 24, 4:30-6 p.m.
Wilcox Board Room

620 Wilcox Street
3rd Floor
Castle Rock

Jan. 30, 6:15-7:45 p.m.
Northridge Elementary Gym

555 Southpark Road
Highlands Ranch

Jan. 31, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Sagewood Middle School Commons

4725 Fox Sparrow Road

If you are interested in participating in one of these forums, you can CLICK HERE to sign up.

Two meetings on the subject were already been held on January 17.

January 7, 2014 | By rmbarber | Category: Assessment and System Performance

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