Bench Mark Goals for ELA
Dear Parents,

All students will be assessed for Early Literacy Skills in Kindergarten.  These assessments are given in the Fall, Winter and Spring of the school year.  They help determine your child's progress with essential skills for reading and they help to develop learning goals and curriculum needed for your child's success.

The initial screening is given in September in Concepts of Print, Onset Sounds, Letter Names and Letter Sounds.  An additional developmental screening is also given.  The results of these screenings will be shared with you during parent conferences after Kindergarten Orientation.   Progress monitoring will help check to see if your child is progressing and making adequate progress towards the Winter Bench Marks in January and Spring Bench Marks in May.
 
Winter Bench Marks and Spring Bench Marks consist of additional target areas in Word Segmentation, Nonsense Words and other Targeted Skill Areas. We will continue to share information with you about our new assessment system.   We will work closely to target and master essential reading skills to ensure your child's preparedness and success for First Grade and the Common Core Standards.

** We will continue to progress monitor your child’s progress**

Please continue to review and practice these skills as they are introduced. J

**If you have any questions or concerns you may reach me by

phone: 413-499-9554 or by email: klis@pittsfield.net

                                    JMrs. Lis