October 9, 2020
Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) is pleased to inform you that students in grades K-2 will be using NWEA MAP Reading Fluency. This assessment has been chosen in accordance with Maryland Senate Bill 734, which requires a screening of every kindergarten, first and second grade student to identify if the student is at risk for reading difficulties. NWEA MAP Reading Fluency is an online assessment that will help your student’s teacher determine your student’s phonological awareness, phonics and word recognition, picture vocabulary, and listening comprehension.
The NWEA MAP Reading Fluency assessment will be administered between October 14, 2020 and November 6, 2020. NWEA MAP Reading Fluency is an adaptive assessment that adjusts questions based on your child’s responses. It is expected that your child will not be able to answer every question correctly. NWEA MAP Reading Fluency is untimed, but most students complete the assessment in 20 minutes.
The results of the NWEA MAP Reading Fluency assessment will be used by teachers and staff to identify students who are at risk for reading difficulties and will provide reporting for teachers that will allow for individualized instruction. The purpose of this assessment is as an instructional tool for teachers and no grade will be assigned.
Your child’s teacher will be communicating with you and your child to provide technological support, logistics, and steps on how to access the assessments.
It is critical that your child take the assessment independently with no assistance provided on test questions.
Your child will need your support by helping them select a quiet place to complete the assessment. Your child may also need your assistance with connecting to the NWEA MAP Reading Fluency platform, which is accessed through the Student Resources page on the PGCPS website.
If you have any questions, please reach out to your child’s school.
Greetings Imagine Andrews Families,
Your child will be taking the district’s Fall Bridging Diagnostics Assessments to help support their instructional needs. The Fall Bridging Diagnostic Administration will take place through September 30, 2020. Your child’s teacher will be communicating with you and your child to provide technological support, logistics, and steps on how to access the assessments.
The results of the Fall Bridging Diagnostics Assessments will be used by teachers and staff to implement and improve instructional practices. The assessments will cover the four major content areas Mathematics, Reading/English/Language Arts (RELA), Science, and Social Studies, along with English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). The purpose of these assessments are as instructional tools for teachers and no grades will be assigned.
The district will be using the Pearson Access platform and other technology platforms to administer the Fall Bridging Diagnostics Assessments. It is critical that your child take each assessment independently with no assistance provided.
Your child will need your support by helping them select a quiet place to complete each assessment and removing all non-testing materials such as phones, textbooks, and notebooks to minimize distractions. Your child may also need your assistance with connecting to the appropriate technology platforms and applications.
For more information on the assessment platforms or technical assistance, please;
- Visit the PGCPS Distance Learning Site https://www.pgcps.org/testing/resources/
- Visit the PGCPS Student Portal https://www1.pgcps.org/login-to-testing/
- Use one of the 9 Parent Support Centers across PGCPS. Parents and Families will be able to receive help with technology, navigating online platforms and other troubleshooting related to distance learning. Centers will operate Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Parents may call 240-696-3315 during these hours to receive live assistance.
- Use the Distance Learning Hotline Monday through Friday from 9 a.m – 5 p.m. for live assistance regarding technical/equipment issues and/or instructional guidance and support 240-696-6229.
We are truly excited to provide the best e-learning opportunity and continue to support your child’s educational needs. Please feel free to reach out to email@example.com, testing coordinator, if you have any questions or concerns.
H. Douglas Rice II