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Note from the Principal
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 10:05 AM

Dear Families,
We had another full week last week with "Bike and Walk to School Day," our Community Visioning Session, and the inaugural "Coffee with the Principal." Thank you to all who turned out for these events! It was fun to see so many students and their families braving the cold, rainy weather to bike or walk to school! 
With this being a short week, I will be brief. I hope that parent/teacher conferences will yield valuable conversations about your children and their progress here at school. We know that engagement and a feeling of connectedness to school play an important role in a child's progress. Strong family-school partnerships support this. We are all in this together!
I wish everyone a wonderful and safe long weekend. I hope you are able to get out and enjoy the fall weather and a little extra family time.  

Instructional Insights
Assessment of Student Learning - Assessing student learning is a regular and ongoing part of ensuring that students are making progress toward their learning goals.  Below is a description of the types of assessments that we use to make instructional decisions throughout the school year. For more information on assessments and the MPS assessment calendar please refer to the MPS Assessment Overview webpage at rea.mpls.k12.mn.us/assessment overview.
  • Screener assessment - Screener assessments assess student's broad skills in reading, math and other content areas. The FAST Bridge that we are using this year in place of the MAP test and the CogAT test are example of screener assessments.
  • Diagnostic assessment - The purpose of diagnostic assessments are to assess what the student already knows and determine the difficulties that the student might have in order to help the teachers plan for instruction that will allow all students to access new learning. Examples of diagnostic assessments include the unit pre-tests, Fountas and Pinnell assessments in reading, Concepts of Math in kindergarten and 1st grade, and Conceptual Place Value assessments for math.
  • Formative assessment - The purpose of formative assessments are to provide teachers and students with feedback to inform instructional next steps. Some examples of formative assessments that we use at Burroughs are unit/chapter tests, exit tickets, response journals, quizzes, etc.
  • Summative assessment - Summative assessments are an opportunity for students to demonstrate what they have learned in relation to specific learning criteria. The MCA, Benchmark Interim Tests, Singapore End of Chapter/Unit assessments are examples of some of the summative assessments we use here at Burroughs.