6 needed for curriculum review [UPDATED]Published 9:53am Wednesday, October 9, 2013 Updated 11:57am Wednesday, October 9, 2013
The Fergus Falls School District is looking for six community members to sit on the District Curriculum Review Advisory Committee (DCRAC). The Committee meets seven times throughout the school year at 6:30 p.m., the third Monday of the month at the Kennedy Secondary School.
The first meeting is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 21. Please contact Carri Thompson, curriculum coordinator at 218-998-0544, Ext.1005 or email her at email@example.com if you are interested.
Explore-Plan-ACT tests on horizon
The state is currently requesting proposals for a new student testing system following last spring’s elimination of the graduation rule tests. The new system will focus on whether students are prepared for postsecondary education. Many school districts in the state, including Fergus Falls, use the 8th grade EXPLORE, 10th grade PLAN, and 11th and 12th grade ACT tests to determine if students are prepared for college.
Recently, Principal Monke sent a notice to parents explaining these tests. The EXPLORE Tests will be administered to 8th graders at 8:20 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16.
Students will be tested in the areas of reading, mathematics, science and English, along with a needs assessment, plans and background information, and an interest survey, which will help determine a student’s relevant career preferences.
This information will also be helpful when making registration decisions for high school.
EXPLORE tests in grade 8 serve as the entry measure of academic progress in ACT’s Educational Planning and Assessment System (EPAS), which includes PLAN (grade 10) and the ACT (grades 11 and 12).
EPAS programs share the same score scale, enabling educators to seamlessly document student progress from grades 8-12.
EXPLORE is an early indicator of college readiness, an effective tool for planning high school coursework, and a useful career exploration and planning program.
The PLAN program helps 10th graders build a solid foundation for future academic and career success and provides information needed to address school districts ín high-priority issues. It is a comprehensive guidance resource that helps students measure their current academic development, explore career/training options, and make plans for the remaining years of high school and post-graduation years.
PLAN is the second part of a testing system that starts with EXPLORE (in 8th or 9th grade year) and ends with the ACT. These tests will help measure college readiness skills as students progress through high school. The ultimate goal of the PLAN test is to assist your student in clarifying their goals and plans for the future.
Test Preparation: We ask that parents communicate the importance of these tests and encourage their student to do their very best. Students need to get plenty of sleep the night before and eat a good breakfast the morning of the test.
We greatly appreciate parents’ cooperation and assistance as we work together to produce successful students. We are grateful for the encouragement parents give to their student, not only in doing well on these tests, but more importantly on doing their very best in school every day.
If you have any questions concerning our testing, please contact myself or our District’s testing coordinator, Carri Thompson. You can also obtain further information regarding the testing at the website: www.act.org/explore.
Voice of Democracy
Fergus Falls VFW Post 612 & Ladies Auxiliary invites students in grades 9-12 to compete in the 2013 Voice of Democracy National Audio Essay Competition on the subject, “Why I’m Optimistic About Our Nation’s Future.”
First, second and third prizes will be awarded, with $500 in cash prizes. The deadline for the essays (with audio) is Monday, Oct. 28 and must be presented to Mrs. Ouren, KSS room 2813.
Essays should be 3 to 5 minutes in length and recorded. Registration, along with more information can be obtained from Mrs. Ouren.