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Upcoming Events
Tomorrow
Repeating Event - State Mandated Testing
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
4/22/2014
Repeating Event - State Mandated Testing
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
4/23/2014
Repeating Event - State Mandated Testing
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
4/24/2014
Repeating Event - State Mandated Testing
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
4/25/2014
Repeating Event - State Mandated Testing
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
 
School Announcements
Welcome to Morley Nelson Elementary!

Morley Nelson

We serve students in grades K-6.

Morley Nelson Elementary is a safe and positive learning environment in which a diverse community of learners achieves their highest potential. We offer Title I services, English Language Learners’ services, Special Education Services, along with many other instructional programs. We also provide students with enhanced technology integrated curriculum via a SMARTboard in every classroom.

We have an on-site Community Center run by Boise Parks and Recreation. This program benefit students beyond the school day. The Community Center offers free student drop-in before school from 8:00-9:00 A.M. and after school unitl 7:00 P.M..

We believe in strong parental involvement. It is always a good time to get involved. Please call me at 854-4610 if you would like to volunteer. We would love to have you involved in our PTO (Parent/Teacher Organization).

Thank you for visiting our website. At any time, I would be happy to answer any questions you have about our school. Please feel free to email me at paula.bell@boiseschools.org or call 854-4610.

Respectfully,
Paula Bell


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Important Testing Update
Testing Updates

Dear Parent,

In the 2014-15 school year, Idaho will roll out new assessments in mathematics and English Language Arts that are aligned to the new Idaho Core Standards.  These assessments will be used to gauge how well students are mastering these new, higher academic stands.  In high school grades, these assessments will ultimately be used to determine how ready students are for education after high school and the workforce.

These new assessments are the next-generation of assessments and will differ from the previous Idaho Standard Achievement Tests (ISAT) in several ways.  Whereas, the ISAT only measured student knowledge based on multiple-choice questions, the new test will include different question types – such as open ended response, technology-enchased items, and performance tasks, to better measure what a student truly knows and is able to do at the end of each grade level.  In addition, the new test will adapt to your child’s ability so your local school can better measure how much academic growth your child has demonstrated in a given school year.

While this new test will not be officially administered to all students until spring 2015, all of Idaho’s public schools will be participating in a field test this spring to ensure that the testing process runs smoothly when new tests are administered next year.  This means that your child will take the field test in math and English language arts this spring 2014, instead of taking ISAT in math, reading and language usage.

The purpose of the field test is to “test the test” and help prepare schools, teachers, and students for the full implementation of the new assessments in spring 2015.  Because this is a field test, similar to a pilot, no scores will be sent home for your child from the field test.  However, taking this field test will still greatly benefit your child because he or she will experience the new test a year in advance and become more familiar with the different types of questions.

To see the different types of test questions that will be on the new assessments, go to https://sbacpt.tds.airast.org/student/ and click the sign in button or go to http://sampleitems.smarterbalanced.org/itempreview/sbac/ELA.htm

Please note, if your child is in 5th, 7th, or 10th grade, he or she will still be required to take the statewide ISAT in science this spring.  In addition, your child will also be required to take IRI/CBM tests this year.

If you have any questions about the field test of the new assessments aligned to the Idaho Core Standards or the other information provided in this letter, please contact TJ Bliss, Ph.D., State Department of Education Director of Assessment or Tom Luna, State Superintendent of Public

Instruction.

 


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