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SBAC Testing is here for grades 3 - 5
Posted 5/9/19

Dear Fairburn Families,

         This year, between May 8 to May 24th, Fairburn will once again participate in the mandated state standardized testing program. All students in Grades 3 through 5 will take the Smarter Balanced Assessments in both English Language Arts and Math. The Smarter Balanced Assessments are assessments that will measure the full understanding of the Common Core State Standards in math and English language arts/literacy.  In addition, our 5th graders will also be tested in Science on the CAST test. 

May 8th& 9th: Grade 5 will test Science,

Week of May 13th:  Grade 3, 4 & 5 will test ELA, 

Week of May 20th:  Grade 3 4 & 5 will test Math and 

Although there are a variety of views and opinions about the importance, accuracy and necessity of standardized testing, the reality is that our students will take the test, and their resulting scores will be used to evaluate the performance and progress of individual students, classes, and grade levels, The information can be helpful for both parents and schools alike to measure student ability and help create an appropriate plan for future instruction. In order for a child to maximize his or her potential on these rigorous and anxiety-building tests, there are a few basic tips and strategies that parent can follow. Please make sure that your child: 

1.         Attends school every day during the testing window. 

2.         Gets a good night's sleep every night. 

3.         Wakes up at an appropriate time so that he/she is not rushed in the morning. Students will not be allowed to enter class once testing begins.

4.         Eats a healthy breakfast each morning. 

5.         Brings a snack to school to prevent late morning hunger. 

6.         Is not stressed or anxious. In other words, do not place too much pressure on your child about the tests. Also, refrain from discussing family problems or getting angry with your child on the way to school.

Good luck to all of our outstanding students! Thank you,

Pam Marton, Principal,

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