Welcome to PVPV / Rawlings Elementary
The school by the sea
Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd Grade
3rd, 4th & 5th Grade
FCAT TESTING DATES
April 28th & 29th
2014-15 Changes to Statewide Testing
Gifted Parent Advisory Meetings
Tuesday, May 13
.Dear PVPV/Rawlings’ Parents,
Many thanks to our PTO for the hard work behind our successful carnival. It was a great day of fun for our children and families. Our PTO has already donated $30,000 to be divided among our grade levels, resource programs and technology! We are so grateful to everyone for supporting our school.
Our school’s new mascot has been identified. We are now the PVPV/Rawlings Sea Turtles! Living as close to the beach as we do, this is a perfect mascot for our school. We look forward to having the students help spread our school spirit and redesign our logo.
FCAT is coming for all 3rd-5th grade students. Students in 3rd-4th grade will be taking FCAT 2.0 Reading/Mathematics tests and 5th graders will be taking Science/Reading on April 22nd –April 25th. The FCAT 2.0 assessments are criterion-referenced tests that measure student achievement of the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards. If you or your student would like to gain familiarity with the item types and response formats your student will see on the test, sample test questions and answer keys are available at http://fcat.fldoe.org/fcat2/.
Also 5th grade students will be taking FCAT 2.0 Mathematics as a computer-based assessment. Fifth grade math is scheduled for April 28th and 29th. Students will have an opportunity to participate in a computer-based practice test to become familiar with the software, item types, and online tools he or she will encounter and use during testing. If you or your student would like to review the CBT practice test at home, you can download instructions and a practice test (called an “ePAT”) at www.FLAssessments.com/ePAT. Your student may practice as often as necessary prior to testing. You may also view Student Tutorials at www.FLAssessments.com/StudentTutorials.
Please review the following policies with your student before FCAT testing:
*Electronic Devices—If your student is found with ANY electronic devices, including but not limited to cell phones and smartphones, at any time during testing, including breaks (e.g., restroom), his or her test will be invalidated, which means it will not be scored. The best practice is for students to leave devices at home. *Testing Rules Acknowledgment—All FCAT 2.0 tests include a Testing Rules Acknowledgment that reads, “I understand the testing rules that were just read to me. If I do not follow these rules, my test score may be invalidated.” Prior to testing, test administrators will read the rules to students, and students must acknowledge that they understand the testing rules by signing their names below the statement.
*Discussing Test Content after Testing—The last portion of the testing rules read to students before they affirm the acknowledgment states, “After the test, you may not discuss the test items with anyone. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as texting, emailing, or posting online, for example, on websites like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.” If students are found sharing information about test items, even without the intent to cheat, their tests will be invalidated.
*Test Invalidations—Students are responsible for working on their own during the test and for protecting their answers from being seen by others. If students are caught cheating during testing, their tests will be invalidated. The FDOE employs a test security company, Caveon Test Security, to analyze student test results to detect unusually similar answer patterns. Student results within a school that are found to have extremely similar answer patterns will be invalidated.
*Leaving Campus—If your student leaves campus before completing a test session (for lunch, an appointment, or illness, etc.), he or she WILL NOT be allowed to complete the test session. If your student does not feel well on the day of testing, it may be best for him or her to wait and be tested on a make-up day. Please remember not to schedule appointments on testing days.
If you have any questions related to this test administration, you may contact, Counselor, Erica MacNaught at 547-8574. For more information about the statewide assessment program, visit the FDOE website at http://fcat.fldoe.org/. Thank you for supporting your students with testing.
Schoolwide, students in K-5th have been participating in a pilot District End of Course Exams, DEOCs, for Music, PE, and Art. Students will take a computer based test in each of these subjects during their scheduled resource time. As a pilot, these tests are not graded but are being used to design a testing format to use in the future.
For the 2014-15 school year, Florida Department of Education has selected a new assessment which aligns with the adoption of the new Florida Standards. This new assessment, AIR, American Institutes for Research, will replace the FCAT. For more detailed information, including a letter from the Commissioner of Education, please see the attachments on the school website under, News Flash.
Our students are demonstrating their Citizenship by participating in the Goodwill, Bag It Up Collection, Tuesday and Wednesday, April 1st & 2nd. Please donate clothing or small household items. Collections will be at both buildings, first thing in the morning. Drop offs can be made when driving through the car line.
Spring Mini Camps begin April 8th. Applications will be accepted through Wednesday, April 2 and forms are available on the school website.
All public schools in the state of Florida are required to have a School Advisory Council made up of parents, staff and a business partner. The purpose of the School Advisory Council is to monitor school improvement and serve as an advisory committee to the principal. The parents must be elected by the parents. If you are interested in serving on SAC for 2014-2015, please complete the attached form and submit it to the front office by Friday, April 11th. A ballot will be included in the next edition of The WAVE.
Kathleen Furness, Principal
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