OCPS Superintendent Message to Parents on End of Course Testing

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Orange County Public Schools Superintendent Barbara Jenkins has made some important adjustments recently to elementary End of Course testing.  Parents will want to know about these.

In a March 19 memo to School Board members, Jenkins outlined the adjustments she’s making:

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  • NO formal EOC exam in social studies for grades K-5 (Mastery of grade-level standards will be assessed through traditional teacher methods as done in the past.)
  • NO formal EOC exam in science for grades K-4; (Mastery of grade-level standards will be assessed through traditional teacher methods as done in the past.); Fifth grade will take the current state exam as in the past.
  • NO formal EOC exams for art, music and physical education for grades K-4 (special area teachers for these subjects will assess student progress through traditional methods as in the past); Fifth grade will take the district-created EOC for these subject areas.

Jenkins says “[t]his decision means elementary students will take far fewer assessments in the 2014-15 school year.”

Listen to her message to parents here.