Hope Charter Leadership Academy is intensively focused on improving academic achievement for all students. Teacher’s use proven instructional strategies and closely track student progress through a system of regular assessments that keep us informed about each student’s needs. If a student faces a challenge, we will know it early and address it immediately.
We are committed to tracking and supporting your child’s progress. Therefore, we will assess your child three times this school year with mCLASS® Reading 3D™. The use of this assessment is sponsored by North Carolina’s Department of Public Instruction, as part of a statewide effort to ensure that students in every public school across the state are reading by the end of third grade and have the reading skills to succeed in school, college, and the workforce. mCLASS Reading 3D will determine your child’s reading level and strengths and weaknesses as a reader. It will determine your child’s development in grade-appropriate foundational reading skills.
Teachers will use the results to create reading groups and focus their teaching around your child’s specific needs, in areas that may include:
Understanding of the make-up and basic features of print (Print Concepts)
Hearing and using sounds in spoken words (Phonemic Awareness)
Knowing sounds of letters and sounding out written words (Alphabetic Principle, Phonics, and Word Recognition)
Reading words in stories at an appropriate rate, correctly, and with expression to support understanding (Accuracy and Fluency)
Understanding literary and informational texts (Reading Comprehension)
After each assessment period you will receive a letter listing your child’s specific assessment results and progress as a reader. The teacher’s efforts, combined with your support, will ensure your child reads with mastery and confidence.
If the results from one of the assessments show that a child is at risk of performing below grade-level in the key areas described above; teachers will use the data to help guide their teaching and target that child’s area of need. In this case, an additional assessment will be administered periodically to measure the progress each student is making (known as Progress Monitoring). Occurring every 2–4 weeks for at-risk students, progress monitoring will allow a teacher to see that the changes in instruction are working for each student. In addition, students who are on grade level will be progress monitored once per grading period to ensure their continued progression.
If you have any questions about the assessment, the activities, or your child’s classroom work and progress, please talk to your child’s teacher, who is ready to help.
Beginning this school year 2012-2013, North Carolina will participate in The Common Core State Standards Initiative. Hope Elementary teachers and staff have been working hard to prepare lessons to promote this initiative.
The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers.
What does this mean for your child? The standards were designed to prepare students to succeed in today's global marketplace and have an increased emphasis on critical thinking and 21st-century skills. The development of these skills begins in the early grades to allow teachers adequate time to teach the advanced material, and to give students adequate time to master it. The standards emphasize not just memorization but conceptual understanding and progressive learning.
The academic rigor at Hope Elementary comprises of fully certified teachers and teacher assistants at all grade levels that will provide support and enrichment to all students in an effort to enhance and extended the curriculum for all children. Parents should expect to see students engaged in building their analytical thinking skills and applying what they have learned rather than simply memorizing information.
More 21st-century skills will be integrated, and the rigor or work will require additional student perseverance and cooperation. Literacy and mathematics skills that students learn in the first grade and subsequent grades have been aligned to what they will learn in upper grades, resulting in a coherent learning progression across each grade level.