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Super testing day rescheduled due to a national glitch

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A nationwide glitch on the NWEA website prohibited freshman and sophomores from taking the  NWEA test on September 21, yet juniors took the practice ACT as planned. A nationwide glitch on the NWEA website prohibited freshman and sophomores from taking the  NWEA test on September 21, yet juniors took the practice ACT as planned.

“NWEA has been successful to provide interventions both for enrichment and for support,” said Tracy Platt, principal. “It’s a lot of data so we actually need to train our teachers on how to read all the reports, because there’s so much information that it can be overwhelming. So we are actually providing a training for our teachers, after the test is given and once the reports can be can be printed out so that they can look at the reports with a professional that can help them read them so that we can best communicate that to parents and students.”

NWEA,  NorthWest Evaluation Association, is a MAP test-like program used to gauge a student’s development and progress throughout a school year, as well as through many grades as they grow academically.  NWEA was scheduled to be taken on September 21 of this year but was canceled before students could attempt to take the test.

“We have to do it through content classes instead which the whole point of that day was not to take that learning time away and to get it done in one day,” Platt said. But nationwide this test goes down on the one day that we scheduled testing and its never went down ever so it’s frustrating that that happened.”

NWEA has been rescheduled in two different parts. ELA (which includes two parts:  Reading and Language) will be given during ELA classes beginning on October 30 through November 2. Math will be given October 30-31.
During the first half of the day, when the freshmen and sophomores were supposed to be testing, teachers were instructed to do things that would help the students make this school year successful.

“They were asked to do lots of team-building and discussions around as a group,” Platt said. Activities were scheduled for the last half of the day after testing was supposed to occur. The goal was to involve the whole school and  unite everyone together. I think that’s what we’re just always trying to do, is to make sure that when people feel like they don’t have connections, but really they do when people share those connections,” said Petra Williams, Leadership teacher. “Whether you come from a divorced family or you find out that someone really likes cats like you do; It’s just the little things that help students relate and connect with the people that they’re in school with.“

Williams is also a science teacher and Student Council adviser. She was very involved in planning the activities for later that day.

”Anytime I plan, like I’m a part of planning a school event, the way I define success is if it impacts a few people, then it’s successful,” Williams said. “When you try to get people to open up and share a little bit about themselves, it’s not easy to do, and we know that. So if we were able to let some students share a little more about themselves, which I think we did, I would say that’s successful.”

The leadership class that Williams teaches, along with Mr. Becker, was in charge of planning the second half of the day.

“It definitely brought people together, and it got people involved, even after a lot of learning, so we could still have fun,” said Corinne Harwood, freshman class president.

The activities were, in part, to get the ball rolling on changing the level of student involvement.

“I really want the students to somehow get more involved and to have time to provide a voice in in decisions that we make for activities,” Platt said.

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