March 1, 2021 — Updated March 2
Dear Buford Families:
Springtime is always a busy time of any school year — even during a pandemic. Among many things, spring is the time that we take a measure of what students have learned throughout the year. Over the next few weeks, students will take several assessments that will give us a measure of what content and skills students have gained throughout the school year.
Virtual (At-Home) MAP Testing
On March 10 and March 11, all students will take the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment: the Math MAP test will be on March 10, and the Reading MAP test will be on March 11. This assessment will be administered virtually during the school day. Please click on this link for the daily schedule on those testing days.
In-Person SOL Testing on Two Different Days
Between March 22 and April 1, 8th grade students will take the Grade 8 Writing SOL. This assessment is designed to measure students’ writing and grammar skills in two testing components: multiple choice and a short paper. This assessment will be given at Buford, in-person. While state testing must occur in a face-to-face format, COVID protocols and procedures will be followed within the testing environment. Students will be testing in small groups, no more than 10 per classroom, and face masks must be worn at all times.
Form For Families to Complete
To assist with planning for students to return to the building for testing, we ask that families provide information regarding transportation to and from school, and whether or not students will participate in taking the Standards of Learning tests. Please complete this form by Friday, March 5, indicating your preferences. Students will be assigned two (2) testing days: one during the week of March 22-26 for multiple choice, and another during the week of March 29- April 2 for the short paper. This will be communicated to students, families, and teachers at least one week prior to testing. If your student cannot attend on their assigned day, please let me know so they can be scheduled on a different day. If you have more specific questions regarding SOL testing and participation, please contact me directly.
If you have any questions regarding the MAP or Standards of Learning testing, please contact me at 434-245-2411.