Thursday, March 20, 2014

More On Make Up Days

We have had one additional snow day since the board first acted to make up days earlier in the year; on February 21st we had to once again close school due to a snowstorm.  As a result, we may have to make up this day at the end of the year.  During our last committee meetings (March 10th and 11th) the board and I discussed the possibility of making up days within the existing school calendar as we did earlier in the year (see post regarding make up days below).  Due to the fact that the only available days left in the calendar are April 17th and 18th and are associated with the Easter holiday, the board felt that it would be in the best interest of our families and staff to steer away from using those as a result of the high likelihood that many families have planned trips and get-togethers during that time.  Therefore, we intend to wait and see what happens with the rest of the season to first determine whether or not any additional days will need to be made up; if so, we intend to make up those days during the second week of June.  There will be more information to come after our April meeting.

Please contact me at any time with questions.

Thanks, 
Craig G. Broeren
District Administrator
Barron Area School District
715-537-5612 ext. 402

Friday, March 7, 2014

New State Assessments and Common Core State Standards

I thought it would be beneficial to provide parents and community members some resources regarding  the new State tests  coming next year (2014-2015) and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

An excellent resource for parents describing both information about the CCSS and the new State tests can be found here:  http://www.pta.org/files/PTA%20Wisconsin%20Assessment%20Guide.pdf

Additional information and a comprehensive listing of all of the CCSS for both English Language Arts (ELA) and Math can be found here: http://www.corestandards.org

Additional Information regarding testing for grades K-2 can be found here: http://www.palswisconsin.info/

Additional information regarding the new State tests for grades 3-8 can be found here: http://www.smarterbalanced.org/

Additional information regarding the ACT suite of tests for High School students can be found here: http://oea.dpi.wi.gov/files/oea/pdf/2012budgetprop.pdf  and here: https://www.act.org/

Hopefully this is helpful for understanding the changes to come in 14-15.  Please contact me at any time with questions!

Craig G. Broeren
District Administrator
715-357-5612 ext. 402
broerenc@barron.k12.wi.us