April 10, 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians and Learning Coaches,

MCAS testing begins for students in grades 3-8 right after the April vacation. English Language Arts testing will take place during the week of April 23rd and Math testing will take place during the week of May 7th. You will be receiving a specific notice before the vacation of when and where the testing will be for your child.

Here are some important reminders for testing.

  • Testing will be done on computers this year. If you have a GCVS Chromebook, you must bring it with you along with your charger – please make sure it is fully charged. An application has been pushed out from our office that will be the portal to the test. It should be on the desktop, called TestNav. Please be sure that you locate the application. You will not be able to access the test until the actual day of testing, but knowing where it is will be helpful to your child. If you do not have a GCVS Chromebook, there will be computers available to use.
  • There will be water available at each site, but we will not be providing snacks this year due to issues with food allergies. Students are welcome to bring snacks/lunch from home. Please be advised that, due to school health regulations, students may not share snacks with each other.
  • Some of our testing sites are in actual school buildings, so adults will not be able to stay on site at those locations. Information sheets with area points of interest will be available at those sites so you can explore, grab that cup of coffee or tea, etc. Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.
  • Your child’s attendance and participation at MCAS testing is very important. Part of our accountability status as a school depends on meeting state-mandated attendance targets. In order for our school to keep its certificate to operate, we must meet those targets. Making sure that your child attends and participates, ensures that you can still have GCVS as an educational option for your child.
  • Be sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and eats a healthy breakfast on testing days. There is evidence that children who are well-rested and eat a good breakfast do better in school and on tests.

These tests are designed to help us know as a school how well we are doing in teaching our new curriculum and will give you valuable information about how best to help your child at home. We know that this can be a stressful time for students, but we ask your help as we encourage all our students to try their best. We also know that tests don’t tell us everything about our students. Our students are all wonderfully unique and together they make GCVS a very special place.

Thank you for your help in making this testing season successful,

Dr. Judith Houle, Executive Director