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Performance Series Testing

Students in grades 6 and 7 will participate in Performance Series online during the 2006-2007 school year. Grade 6 students will be assessed at the beginning of the year, and testing will be completed by September 8th. Grade 7 students will be assessed in January.

The Performance Series is a national, curriculum-based test that measures student achievement in reading, math, and language arts. These tests are given in all Cobb County elementary and middle schools. Certain high school students may also participate.

These tests are multiple choice and are taken on a computer. Each test will take about an hour and will have about 50 questions. Results from these tests will provide the school with important information about the specific strengths and weaknesses of students in the areas tested. These tests do not count as a grade in any class and are only one measure of what and how well students are learning.

This is NOT a high stakes test. It is one tool used by teachers to help identify the instructional needs for their classrooms in order to meet the needs of all students. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Mrs. Jackson at 770-928-5546 ext 236.

posted on: August 21, 2006

CRCT Testing Tips for Students

Students, here are just a few reminders and tips for the CRCT.

Pay close attention to the directions.
Be sure to mark your answers in the correct section and next to the correct number.
Wrong answers do NOT count against your score. Do not skip any questions because you are not sure of the answer.
If you are not sure of an answer, try to eliminate two of the choices and guess between the other two.
Read ALL the answer choices before you mark your final answer. Sometimes answers may be somewhat alike or may seem possible but not be entirely correct.
Watch wording. Look for words such as “not” or “least” or “always” or “most”.
In reading comprehension, read the questions before you read the passage so that you know what to look for.
Estimate math questions. It might help you eliminate one or more answers.
Review your answers if you finish before time is up.
Just because other students in your classroom are finished does mean that you are about out of time or need to rush. Your teacher will post how much time you have
left. This is not a race. It does not matter whether you finish first, last, or somewhere in between.

posted on: April 13, 2006

CRCT Tips for Parents

Parents, here are things you can do to help your children be as successful as possible on the CRCT.

1. Make sure your children get a good night's sleep each night before testing.

2. Provide a healthy breakfast, even if they would prefer a brown sugar cinnamon Pop-tart.

3. Get them to school on time. When they are late or rush in at the last minute it is hard to get calm and focused for testing.

4. Check to see that your child has at least 2 number 2 pencils. Mechanical pencils are not allowed.

5. If you must schedule appointments, schedule them for afternoon so that students do not miss testing. Students who test in their own classrooms and at the normal testing time are more likely to perform up to their full capabilities. While we do provide make-ups sessions, they are sometimes in unfamiliar settings.

6. Help your children stay relaxed. Some students suffer from test anxiety but feel reassured when we stay calm and tell them we have faith in them and that we know they will do their best.

posted on: April 13, 2006

Performance Series Testing

All 7th grade students will be taking the Performance Series Tests in January. Sixth and eighth grade students new to Mabry after September 15 may also be tested. These tests are given in all Cobb County Middle Schools.

The Performance Series is a national, curriculum-based online test that measures student achievement in reading, language arts, and math. These tests are multiple choice and taken on a computer. There are no time restrictions and students may take as long as necessary to complete each test. Results from the test will provide the school with important information about the specific strengths and weaknesses of students in the areas tested.

This is not a high stakes test. It is a tool used by teachers to help identify the instructional needs for their classrooms in order to meet the needs of all students. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Mrs. Jackson in the guidance office.

posted on: December 22, 2005

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