A Note About Testing From Dr. Alford:

Dear Durham Families, 
As you know, Milestones testing is approaching.  All students in grades 6 -8 will be assessed through the End of Grade (EOG) assessments in English Language Arts and Mathematics, and 8th graders will also be assessed in Science and Social Studies.  The Milestones are the primary component of the state’s accountability system, College and Career Ready PerformanceIndex (CCRPI). The purpose of these assessments is to measure how well students have mastered the state- adopted content standards.  The majority of each assessment will include selected response items (multiple choice); however, constructed response (short answer) and extended response (essay) questions will be included in the English Language Arts and Mathematics sections.Individual student reports for all students and content areas are expected to arrive during the summer.   Your students have been well-prepared.   

This year, all students will be tested online, which has been mandated by the state.  This requires some creative scheduling, so the test schedule is more spread out than in previous years.  I wanted to provide you with the dates for each assessment for your planning purposes.  In order to facilitate online testing, students will test at different times throughout the day –  both morning and afternoon sessions.  At Durham, we will rotate groups so that students do not always test at the same time each day (ie. if you test in the afternoon one day, you’ll get a morning session on another day).   If a student is absent,

makeups are required.  Please help us by ensuring your child is present for the full school day on any dates his/her grade level is testing.   

6th Grade:
Wed., April 24 – ELA Section 1
Thurs., April 25 – ELA Sections 2&3
Mon., May 6 – Math Section 1
Tue., May 7 – Math Section 2 

7th Grade: 
Wed., April 17 – ELA Section 1
Thurs., April 18 – ELA Sections 2&3
Thurs., May 2 – Math Section 1
Fri., May 3 – Math Section 28th Grade:
Mon., April 15 – ELA Section 1
Tue., April 16 – ELA Sections 2&3
Mon., April 22 – Math Section 1
Tue., April 23 – Math Section 2
Mon., April 29 – Social Studies Sections 1&2
Tue., April 30 – Science Sections 1&2

8th Grade:
Mon., April 15 – ELA Section 1
Tue., April 16 – ELA Sections 2&3
Mon., April 22 – Math Section 1
Tue., April 23 – Math Section 2
Mon., April 29 – Social Studies Sections 1&2
Tue., April 30 – Science Sections 1&2

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