DPACSS Trimester 3 Testing

Posted on Tuesday / May 19


Good Afternoon DPAC Families and Scholars,

We hope this email finds you well. I am writing to provide more information about final exams. Due to Distance Learning, exams will look quite different this year. Scholars are still expected to take exams online as they are designed to help us understand what scholars know and how best to prepare for next year. If you have any questions after reading this email, please reach out to me at adaniels@democracyprep.org

Logistics

Scholars will take T3 Exams in all Core Content areas: Math, English, Science, and History (add Foreign Language in High School.) All T3 Exams will be released digitally to scholars on Tuesday, May, 26 at 8:00 am and scholars will have until Friday, May 29 at 11:59 pm to complete their exams. Scholars will have access to their exams through Google Classroom and Clever. Each exam has been designed to take scholars less than two (2) hours to complete. Below we have created a suggested schedule for scholars to help them complete 100% of their exams on-time.

Day of the week Middle School  High School
Tuesday 05/26 Math Math & Foreign Language
Wednesday 05/27 English  English
Thursday 05/28 Science & History Science & History
Friday 05/29

*We have left Friday blank as a buffer day. We highly discourage scholars from waiting until Friday to complete their exams.

Grading

T3 Exams are roughly worth 20% of a scholar’s final T3 grade. T3 Exams will be included in T3 Coursework, thus scholars will not receive a separate grade on their report card indicating the exam grade. Due to the challenges imposed by Distance Learning, we decided it would be in the best interest of our scholars to decrease the weight T3 Exams had on final grades.

Summer Academy

Next week, DPAC Secondary will send out letters informing families of their scholar’s Summer Academy status. For scholars joining Summer Academy, we will place scholars in one of two categories: Promoted or Summer Academy. Scholars who achieve promotion status will have the choice to opt-into Summer Academy (though it is not mandatory) and will receive skill-appropriate work to keep their brains active over the Summer. Scholars who are placed in Summer Academy are strongly encouraged to attend digital Summer Academy. The goal of this program is to remediate any skill gaps to ensure scholars are as prepared as possible prior to entering the next grade level. There will be a lot of work to make sure all scholars are on grade level when we return to school. This year Summer Academy will be 100% digital and participation is optional and will be determined by the scholar’s family. Advisory teachers will be calling all families individually on Wednesday, June 3 to answer all questions.

I appreciate you taking the time to read this email in its entirety. Please make time this week to create your family’s strategic plan for your scholar to complete their exams. Discussing exams with your scholar will significantly increase their motivation and decrease their testing anxiety.

Have a wonderful rest of your day.

One Team,

Mr. Daniels