Students and Parents:
As Quarter 1 comes to a close, students will participate in a Quarter 1 Quarterly Standards Metric Assessment (QSMA). This assessment is an opportunity for students to demonstrate mastery of the math standards covered to date this school year. This assessment will be taken for a test grade for the quarter in Mr. Sloan's Pre-Algebra courses. As such, students must take the QSMA by the end of the Quarter 1, which ends October 21st.
For Mr. Sloan's online Pre-Algebra classes, the QSMA will be given online, with the requirement that students maintain their camera turned on and microphone available upon request for the duration of the assessment; students who experience technical difficulties on the day of the assessment and who cannot meet these requirements will need to take the assessment at Belleview Middle School (see detailed instructions and requirements below).
Note: as a required assessment, students will receive a test grade for the QSMA; students must take the assessment by end of quarter on October 21st. Students who do not take the exam by this date will receive a zero for a grade (students with excused absences over this time period must contact Mr. Sloan to discuss making up the QSMA after the Quarter end).
I will administer the QSMA to students on the following schedule (please note that A day students are Periods 1, 3, and 5, while B day students are Periods 2, 4, and 6):
Thursday October 15th - B Day students
Friday October 16th - A Day Students
Online Makeup QSMA's:
Monday October 19th - B Day students
Tuesday October 20th - A Day students
Wednesday October 21st - B Day students
For the purposes of this District Assessment, parents and students should note:
- A testing environment for students taking the assessment at home should include a quiet space to work, scratch paper, and a pencil. Students will have calculators available online for portions of the exam: no personal calculators are allowed during the assessment.
- I will provide detailed instructions to students for completing each assessment on the day of the test.
- Students are expected to complete each assessment independently.
- Please know, in some situations, helping with the assessment may place your child at an instructional level that is too difficult.
- I along with my support facilitator will provide any needed support.
- The assessment will be administered through the Microsoft Teams platform.
As a reminder: students taking the assessment at home are required to have their camera and microphone functioning at all times during the exam: students must begin and keep their camera on throughout the entire duration of the QSMA assessment. Failure to follow these requirements will result in the proctor ending the student's test and removing the student from the Microsoft Teams meeting, and may require the student to make up the test in person at Belleview Middle School (see the following section for instructions for this scenario).
If a student is having technical difficulties on the day of test, Make-Up QSMA Sessions for online students without video will take place in the Media Center at Belleview Middle School:
- Make-Up Dates will be Monday October 19th and Tuesday October 20th from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
- Students must be dropped off/picked up through Carline.
- Slots will be filled by appointment only.
- Students will be socially distanced and face covering must be worn.
- If a student needs to take advantage of this option, parents should call the school at (352) 671-6235 Ext. 55109 to set up an appointment with Mr. Maldonado or send their request via email to: Antonio.Maldonado@marion.k12.fl.us
- Students should plan on taking multiple QSMA’s during the same session to accommodate limited space in the Media Center.
- DEADLINE to signup - Parents must contact Mr. Maldonado by 3:30 p.m. on Friday, October 16th to set up an appointment to test on the next Monday or Tuesday, October 19th and 20th.
Please read the attached are the MCPSOnline Parent Testing letter, and the Computer Based Testing Quick Guide for Students instructions.
Thank you, and good luck students.
Please let me know if you have any questions.