How will accommodations for students with IEPs and IAP/504 Plans at LBA be handled?
All accommodations and modifications will be followed as stated on the individual child's IEP or IAP/504 Plan.
How much time will my child have to take the test?
If you look at the test administration schedule posted above, you will see the time allotments for each test and subject. These reflect an approximation of the time it would take the average tester to complete plus half. For example: if the average tester could complete a test in 60 minutes, the students would receive 90 minutes.
Science is the only test without set time limits. The approximate time it will take is listed next to the date. How do we know if our child needs LEAP tutoring?
All children can benefit from tutoring. For the students who are already on-level, tutoring would focus on boosting their performance above the Mastery level. Tutoring for students who are below-level would focus on closing the gaps and pushing them beyond Basic.One indicator of need could be your child's performance on last year's assessment. If their score was Basic or below Basic, they might need extra help.
LBA teachers are already embedding test preparation strategies into their instruction regularly. If you do not know whether or not your child needs additional tutoring, please contact their teacher.
What are the achievement levels, and what do they mean?
The chart below breaks down the 5 achievement levels and what they mean. How can I help my child at home to prepare for testing?
Parental support is one of the most important pieces of the testing puzzle! Teachers can't do it without you. If you want specific ways to help your child, please talk to your child's teacher. These are a few easy ways to help that are good for EVERY child:
Check to make sure they are completing their LEAP Packets. After they finish, discuss their answers, the strategies they used, and ask them to justify their responses to you based on what they read in the passage, or based on what they know about math. You would be surprised how these conversations help students synthesize and deepen their understanding of the content.
Encourage your child to problem-solve! Some of those grocery-store situations and mental calculations that come naturally to you would be rich real-world learning experiences for your children. Let them estimate/calculate how much you'll save if an item is 40% off, or if those 3 for 1 deals are worth it. If you're having a party with a certain number of guests, how many packs of cups, plates, and forks will you need. These are the types of problems they will be solving on the test, so help bring them to life!
Have your child discuss what they are reading with you. Even if it's a magazine article or the side of a cereal box. Reading comprehension touches every aspect of their lives, so those discussions will help them become better readers and test-takers!
Stay calm and positive! Children pick up on our anxieties, and will develop negative associations with school and testing if they sense them from us. Staying positive will help your child to focus on what is really important: LEARNING!