Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Principal's Notes

Massachusetts Students Among Top-Performing Students In The World
All to often you hear about the demise of public education in the United States.  Pundits typically express those sentiments  after the publication of standardized test results on international exams.  

The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is one test that is largely used to measure student progress on an international scale.  PISA is intended to test student preparation for adult life by assessing their ability to apply knowledge to real-life applications. The test is given every three years to 15-year-old students around the world.  Sixty-five education systems around the world participated in 2012, in addition to the three U.S. states.

Massachusetts scored higher than all but three other education systems (Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore) in reading. In science and math, Massachusetts tied for seventh and 10th place. Reading literacy was a strong point for Massachusetts students. The results show local teens tied for fourth, behind Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore. Female students performed more than 30 points better than their male peers on the reading portion of the test. 
For a complete list of results, and to see how Massachusetts students scored relative to the rest of the world, please click on the link provided.  
PARCC Field Test
This spring Groton-Dunstable will participate in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) field test.  The test will be administered to over one million students across PARCC states.  The PARCC Field Test represents a critical milestone in PARCC’s work toward building assessments for the 2014-15 school year, and will give students and local educators the opportunity to experience the administration of PARCC assessments.  For more information please follow the link provided.  

GDRSD Community Tech Night

On Thursday, January 16th at 7pm the GDRSD EdTech team will host a community tech night for all members of the Groton-Dunstable community in the high school library.  For more information please click on the link provided.  

Exam Schedule

I)              Wednesday, January  22nd

A)   Schedule:                                 A,B,C,D
B)   Exams:                                     B & D

II)            Thursday, January  23rd

A)   Schedule:                                 A,C,B,D
B)   Exam:                                      C

III)          Friday, January 24th

A)   Schedule:                                 A
B)   Exam:                                      A
C)   Students Dismissed at 9:15     (Bus transportation provided at this time only)
D)   B,C,D Makeup Exams

Important dates in February 

 3 & 4 MCAS –Biology students in Gr. 10 
 13 Open House@6:00PM 
 17 President’s Day 
 17 -21 Winter Vacation 

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