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Keeping Parents Connected: Questions and Answers with Mrs. Thompson

Question: When will I receive information about the second round of MAP scores for my child?

Answer: Great question! You will receive your child’s MAP progress report today (Friday, February 6) in a sealed envelope in your child’s backpack. Make sure you check it out and if you have any questions give Mrs. Thompson a call.

Question: I remember getting an email about the 5Essential survey. Can you remind me what it is and what I need to do?

Answer: Thanks for asking! As a parent, this survey will allow you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness specific to your Fabyan Elementary School. On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. These five indicators that affect and predict school success are:

• Effective Leaders

• Collaborative Teachers

• Involved Families

• Supportive Environments

• Ambitious Instruction

Prior research in more than 400 schools has shown that schools that were strong on at least three of these “5Essential” indicators were 10 times more likely to improve student learning gains in math and reading than those that were weak on three or more Essentials.

Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child. In Geneva, we are focusing our efforts on having surveys completed during the weeks of February 2 – February 13. To take the survey please visit and select the appropriate survey to begin.

Question: My child is in 4th grade. What can you tell me about the PARCC testing?

Answer: I am glad you asked! There have been some very recent changes just this week so in a nutshell, our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students will take the PARCC assessment during a two week time period –(March 9th – March 20th). Our latest indication from the state has us taking the tests through a paper/pencil format instead of the computer format as we previously had anticipated. This will allow our students to focus on the content of the test instead of the mechanics of the computer. Mrs. Thompson will be posting information on Fabyan’s website and sending home more information via backpack with our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students by next Friday. Stay tuned as we are learning more about this assessment every day from the Illinois State Board of Education. If you do have questions, contact Mrs. Thompson—630-444-8605.

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