Carey Exempted Village School District

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Carey Elementary School
357 E. South Street   Carey, Ohio  43316
Telephone: 419.396.6767   Fax: 419.396.3158
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  • Band Concert for Grades 4, 5, and 6

    Posted by Tammy Wagner at 5/15/2015
    We wish to thank all the parents who stopped by to enjoy the band concert Wednesday evening in the auditorium.
    Miss Klein, Mr. Miller, and the students made fabulous music. 
     
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  • Pastries for Parents

    Posted by Tammy Wagner at 5/15/2015
    We wish to thank all the parents, staff, and students who came out on a rainy Friday morning to enjoy donuts and punch with their favorite students. Special thanks go to Mrs. Ritter and Mrs. Twining for organizing the event. We also want to extend our thanks to Bob's Golf Course for the donation of pencils and Fredrick's IGA for doing such a great job with the food for the event.
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  • My Thoughts About State Testing and School Report Cards at this Juncture

    Posted by Tammy Wagner at 5/13/2015
    The state has begun releasing public school report card data on a variety of indicators. Last week it was the "K-3 Literacy Improvement Component." In August, September, October, November, and December of next year I am sure we will have more press releases on the other 19 components of the new report cards.
     
    I am cautious, however, of placing too much emphasis on these report card grades over the next few years as there have been so many changes in the state assessments and we expect more to come. Some examples of the current changes just this year include the following: 
    1. the move to online testing requiring new skills for students in keyboarding and computer-based tools in grades 3-8,
    2. a change to a two-part assessment in grades 3-8 - the first part given in February with new question formats and essay questions and the second part at the end of April which was primarily multiple choice,
    3. new online assessments in K-3 with emphasis on different skills, growth, and new grading rubrics in writing,
    4. higher cut scores for the Third Grade Guarantee,
    5. a completely new assessment in Kindergarten at the beginning of the year,
     
    The state is already reworking the Kindergarten assessment that was given this year and plans to reformat large parts of it. The state is also discussing reformatting the new online assessments in grades 3-8. Finally, cut scores have yet to be set for passage on these tests. Obviously there have been many complications with such a huge overhaul of public school assessment - from technical difficulties to scoring complications to students opting out. All of these complications call into question, in my mind, the validity and reliability of these state assessments.
     
    As with any new process, however, I have every confidence in our Carey staff. As we continue to familiarize ourselves with these new performance measures, we will work hard to align our instructional practices to the benefit of students.
     
    Just like a group of volleyball players that are asked to learn basketball, our educational team has had its first match up. Once we receive our scores this coming fall or winter, we will review our strengths and look to improve areas where we fell short. Our "season" is stretched over years rather than months. So please be patient with us as we learn the skills and rules for the new game that is upon us. 
     
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