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New Assessments This Year For Gifted and Advanced Course Placement
Effective in the 2013-2014 school year, the district no longer employs the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test as an assessment. The criteria for student placement in our Gifted Academic Program (GAP) and Advanced Courses will therefore change for the 2014-2015 school year.
A number of factors will be considered, for example, in GAP placement. This year, staff will look at the student’s Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) level, and their district writing assessment score, in addition to the new Progressive Math Initiative (PMI) final exam score at Grades 2 and 3. This chart will define the assessments used by all grade levels for GAP Placement.
Meanwhile, the criteria for Advanced Math Courses will also change for next year. This chart shows the specific criteria that will be used at each grade level. Once again, the PMI Final Exam will take the place of the MAP Test scores in this determination, along with other criteria.
In the area of Enriched Language Arts courses at Hartford and Harrington Schools, the placement criteria will include the student’s NJASK score, a strong teacher’s recommendation with focus on the student’s diligence, perseverance, and persistence (a strong work ethic) in addition to the student’s ability as reflected by grade. Students must have an A-Average in literacy learning, and must demonstrate above-grade level performance in reading and writing on the Fountas and Pinnell benchmark assessment. This assessment offers teachers both a qualitative and quantitative analysis of the student’s reading behaviors and patterns. The benchmark assessment will be administered in the spring.
New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (ASK) Test
It is mandatory in the state of New Jersey that all students in public schools be tested in Grades 3-8 each year via the NJ ASK Test. This assessment is created and distributed by the NJ Department of Education under strict testing guidelines. It gauges student skill levels in Mathematics, Language Arts and Science. Generally administered in our school in May, the state testing spans four to five days. Student scores are received by the district either in late summer or early fall.
PAARC Testing Begins Next Year
Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, Mount Laurel will administer the online PAARC Assessment in place of the NJ ASK Test.Tips for Parents To Help Students Prepare For Testing
Learn more about the PAARC Test here.
The Parents Section of our website includes a page of resources specifically geared to help parents prepare their children for testing. Access it here.
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December 11 - Dine & Donate @ Chick-Fil-A
December 13 - 6th Grade Social - 2:30 to 4:00 pm
December 16-20 - Spirit Week!
Monday - Wear "Winter White"
Tuesday - Wear "New Year's Neon"
Wednesday - Wear "Blustery Blue"
Thursday - Wear "Foresty Green"
Friday - Wear "Rockin' Red"
December 17 - Enriched Language Arts Author Celebration
December 18 - Band Winter Concert - 7:00 pm
December 19 - Orchestra/Choir/Piano Winter Concert - 7:00 pm
December 23 to January 1 - School Closed - Winter Recess
Happy New Year!
January 2 - School Reopens
January 3 - Choir Trip to Elementary Schools
January 13 - PTO Meeting @ Hartford - 7:00 p.m.
January 20 - Schools Closed - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
January 24 - R U Smarter than a 5th Grader? - 6:30 p.m.
January 27 - End of 2nd Marking Period
January 28 - Taste of Mt. Laurel Community Event - 5:00 p.m.
January 30 - 6th Grade GAP Field Trip
February 3 - Report Cards Issued
February 4 - GAP Invention Convention - 6:30 p.m.
February 7 - Renaissance Rally
February 7 - Early Dismissal @ 12:10 p.m. - Teacher Inservice
PTO Pretzel Sale
February 10 - Dine & Donate @ Prospector's
February 13 - Parkinson's Volley for the Cure - 7:00 p.m.
February 17 - Schools Closed - Presidents' Day
February 21 - Spelling Bee - Wear Black & Yellow
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Just looking for a quick and basic guide to specific information about our schools? The links below will provide you with a basic fact sheet on the topics listed. Don't see something you wish was here? Just yell! We'll get it up right away for you.
Registering a child new to the district
Job Opportunities - Certified
Job Opportunities - Support and Substitute
2013-14 School Calendar
School Locations and Contact Info
Map of our schools and sending areas
Visit School Nurse Carolyn Brennan's webpage for valuable health information, the forms you need and so much more!