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Gaston County Schools
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2017-2018
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State Mandated and Local Assessments
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Parents have the right to request and be provided with information regarding any state or local educational agency policy regarding student participation in any assessments mandated by the state or local educational agency.
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TestSubject Matter AssessedGradesAdministration DatesTest TimeAssessment TypePurposeReports Provided/Time Frame
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WIDA Screener Placement Test/W-APTLanguage ProficiencyAll GradesAug. 28, 2017 - June 6, 201860 MinutesState MandatedDetermine qualification of ESL Services; baseline of English Language ProficiencyParents will be sent a letter to notify them of their student's score and qualification for ESL services
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mClass BOYELAK - 4Aug. 28 - Sept. 18, 20171 Minute ProbesState MandatedDetermine a student's reading readiness and Reading level; opportunity to demonstrate ELA proficiency for Read to AchieveHome Connect letters are sent home after each testing period, Beginning of year, Middle of year, and End of year.
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Math (K-2) Assessment BOYMathK (non-AMS schools)Aug. 28 - Sept. 18, 201710-15 MinutesState MandatedTo determine a Kindergarten student's proficiency level within counting and grouping.Individual student data for teachers; Parents may receive information upon request
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iReady Diagnostic BOY (Reading & Math)ELA & MathK - 8Aug. 28 - Sept. 28, 201790 MinutesLocal AssessmentFormative benchmark assessments administered to provide teachers and parents with immediate feedback for guiding instructionVaries by school; report is available upon request
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Beginning of Grade 3 Reading Test (BOG3)ELAGrade 3September 13, 201790 MinutesState MandatedEstablishes a baseline for academic growth for ELA for 3rd students, schools, and teachers; opportunity to demonstrate ELA proficiency for Read to AchieveIndividual Student Report; provided within 30 days of scoring - sent home or provided at parent/teacher conferences
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CDM (Credit by Demonstrated Mastery) AssessmentsAny High School CourseGrades 9 - 12September 20, 2017120 - 180 MinutesState MandatedOpportuntity for students to demonstrate mastery in a course and obtain course creditIndividual Student Report with status; provided within 5 days of scoring - sent home with students
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GCS DFA #1/Sem. 1 (HS EOC, NCFE & Local Courses)ELA, Math, Science, Social StudiesGrades 9 - 12September 25-29, 201790 MinutesLocal AssessmentFormative benchmark assessments administered to provide teachers and parents with immediate feedback for guiding instructionOffered in Schoolnet, with an overall score and an item analysis by standard for each student.
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PSAT AdministrationELA, Writing & MathGrades 10 - 11October 11, 2017180 MinutesState MandatedDiagnostic Practice test for SATIndividual Score Reports are sent to the school in January. Reports and test books will be returned to students at that time.
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Read to Achieve Test AdministrationELATransitional 3rd GradersOctober 18, 2017160 MinutesState Mandated Opportunity for 4th grade transitional students to demonstrate ELA proficiency for Read to AchieveIndividual Student Report; provided within 30 days of scoring - sent home or provided at parent/teacher conferences
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GCS ELA Benchmark #1ELA 4 & 8October 23-27, 201790 minutesLocal AssessmentFormative benchmark assessments administered to provide teachers and parents with immediate feedback for guiding instructionOffered in Schoolnet, with an overall score and an item analysis by standard for each student.
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GCS Math Benchmark #1Math3, 7 & 8October 23-27, 201790 minutesLocal AssessmentFormative benchmark assessments administered to provide teachers and parents with immediate feedback for guiding instructionOffered in Schoolnet, with an overall score and an item analysis by standard for each student.
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NCDPI ELA Check-in #1ELA5, 6 & 7October 23-27, 201790 MinutesLocal AssessmentFormative benchmark assessments administered to provide teachers and parents with immediate feedback for guiding instructionIndividual Student Report; provided within 30 days of scoring - sent home or provided at parent/teacher conferences
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NCDPI Math Check-in #1Math4, 5 & 6October 23-27, 201790 MinutesLocal AssessmentFormative benchmark assessments administered to provide teachers and parents with immediate feedback for guiding instructionIndividual Student Report; provided within 30 days of scoring - sent home or provided at parent/teacher conferences
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GCS DFA #2/Sem. 1 (HS EOC, NCFE & Local Courses)ELA, Math, Science, Social StudiesGrades 9 - 12Oct. 30 - Nov. 3, 201790 MinutesLocal AssessmentFormative benchmark assessments administered to provide teachers and parents with immediate feedback for guiding instructionOffered in Schoolnet, with an overall score and an item analysis by standard for each student.
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GCS 5th Grade Science Benchmark #1ScienceGrade 5Oct. 30 - Nov. 3, 201760 MinutesLocal AssessmentFormative benchmark assessments administered to provide teachers and parents with immediate feedback for guiding instructionResults disseminated through progress reports, interim reports and parent conferences
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PreACTELA, Math & ScienceGrade 10November 1-9, 2017150 MinutesState MandatedDiagnostic Practice test for ACTIndividual Score Reports are sent to the school approximately eight weeks after materials are returned to ACT. Reports and test books will be returned to students at that time.
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College and Career Readiness Alternate Assessment (ACT PreACT Alternate)ELA, Math & ScienceGrade 10November 1-9, 2017150 MinutesState MandatedAlternate Assessment for PreACTIndividual Student Report; provided within 30 days of scoring - sent home or provided at parent/teacher conferences
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iReady Diagnostic MOY (Reading & Math)ELA & MathK - 8December 4-15, 201790 MinutesLocal AssessmentFormative benchmark assessments administered to provide teachers and parents with immediate feedback for guiding instructionVaries by school; report is available upon request
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WorkKeys TestCareer ReadinessGrade 12 - Early Grads OnlyDecember 4-8, 2017135 MinutesState MandatedState Accountability performance indicator that measures Career Readiness; students have an opportunity to earn a National Career Readiness CertificationStudents who receive a National Career Readiness Certification are provided a certificate. Individual scores are reported upon request
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GCS DFA #3/Sem. 1 (HS EOC, NCFE & Local Courses)ELA, Math, Science, Social StudiesGrades 9 - 12December 11-15, 201790 MinutesLocal AssessmentFormative benchmark assessments administered to provide teachers and parents with immediate feedback for guiding instructionOffered in Schoolnet, with an overall score and an item analysis by standard for each student.
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End-of-Course Tests (Gaston Early College HS)ELA, Math & ScienceGrades 9 - 12December 13 - 19, 2017*150 - 180 MinutesState MandatedProvides a measure of student proficiency for the course; provides an exam grade for the course, used in State Accountability for proficiency and academic growthIndividual Student Report; provided within 30 days of scoring - sent home or provided at parent/teacher conferences
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NC Final Exams (Gaston Early College HS)ELA, Math, Science, Social StudiesGrades 9 - 12December 13 - 19, 2017*120 MiuntesState MandatedProvides a measure of student proficiency for the course; provides an exam grade for the course, used in State Accountability for academic growthExam grades are recorded for the student as a part of their final grade for the course. Parents can access the exam grade on the report card or within the Parent Portal.
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mClass MOYELAK - 4January 3-26, 20181 Minute ProbesState MandatedDetermine a student's Reading readiness and Reading level; opportunity to demonstrate ELA proficiency for Read to AchieveHome Connect letters are sent home quarterly
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Math (K-2) Assessment MOYMathK - 2January 3-26, 201830-60 MinutesState MandatedProvides a measure of student proficiency of math grade level standards taught up to MOYIndividual student data for teachers; Parents may receive information upon request
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NCFE (Middle Schools)Science, Social StudiesGrades 6 - 8January 16 - 18, 2018*120 MinutesState MandatedProvides a measure of student proficiency for the course; used in State Accountability for academic growthScore reports are provided to schools within five days of testing. Parents can request NCFE results from their child's teacher or school.
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End-of-Course Tests (Semester Schedule Schools)ELA, Math, Science, CTE CoursesGrades 9 - 12January 11 - 18, 2018*150 - 180 MinutesState MandatedProvides a measure of student proficiency for the course; provides an exam grade for the course, used in State Accountability for proficiency and academic growthIndividual Student Report; provided within 30 days of scoring - sent home or provided at parent/teacher conferences
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NC Final Exams (Semester Schedule High Schools)ELA, Math, Science, Social StudiesGrades 9 - 12January 11 - 18, 2018*180 MinutesState MandatedProvides a measure of student proficiency for the course; provides an exam grade for the course, used in State Accountability for academic growthExam grades are recorded for the student as a part of their final grade for the course. Parents can access the exam grade on the report card or within the Parent Portal.
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GCS ELA Benchmark #2ELA3, 4, & 8Jan. 31 - Feb. 6, 201890 MinutesLocal AssessmentFormative benchmark assessments administered to provide teachers and parents with immediate feedback for guiding instructionOffered in Schoolnet, with an overall score and an item analysis by standard for each student.
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GCS Math Benchmark #2Math3, 7 & 8Jan. 31 - Feb. 6, 201890 MinutesLocal AssessmentFormative benchmark assessments administered to provide teachers and parents with immediate feedback for guiding instructionOffered in Schoolnet, with an overall score and an item analysis by standard for each student.
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NCDPI ELA Check-in #2ELA5, 6 & 7Jan. 31 - Feb. 6, 201890 MinutesLocal AssessmentFormative benchmark assessments administered to provide teachers and parents with immediate feedback for guiding instructionIndividual Student Report; provided within 30 days of scoring - sent home or provided at parent/teacher conferences
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NCDPI Math Check-in #2Math4, 5 & 6Jan. 31 - Feb. 6, 201890 MinutesLocal AssessmentFormative benchmark assessments administered to provide teachers and parents with immediate feedback for guiding instructionIndividual Student Report; provided within 30 days of scoring - sent home or provided at parent/teacher conferences
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CDM (Credit by Demonstrated Mastery) AssessmentsAny High School CourseGrades 9 - 12February 1, 2018120 - 180 MinutesState MandatedOpportuntity for students to demonstrate mastery in a course and obtain course creditIndividual Student Report with status; provided within 5 days of scoring - sent home with students
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WIDA ACCESS for ELLs TestingLanguage ProficiencyAll GradesFebruary 5 - March 7, 2018170 MinutesState MandatedYearly measure of English Language Proficiency for student identified as EL; used to determine if student qualifies to exit ESL servicesIndividual Student Report; provided by the end of the school year - sent home or provided at parent/teacher conferences
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WorkKeys TestCareer ReadinessGrade 12February 12-23, 2018135 MinutesState MandatedState Accountability performance indicator that measures Career Readiness; students have an opportunity to earn a National Career Readiness CertificationStudents who receive a National Career Readiness Certification are provided a certificate. Individual scores are reported upon request
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GCS DFA #1/Sem. 2 (HS EOC, NCFE & Local Courses)ELA, Math, Science, Social StudiesGrades 9 - 12February 20-23, 201890 MinutesLocal AssessmentFormative benchmark assessments administered to provide teachers and parents with immediate feedback for guiding instructionOffered in Schoolnet, with an overall score and an item analysis by standard for each student.
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The ACTELA, Math, Science, & WritingGrade 11February 27, 2018235 MinutesState MandatedState Accountability performance indicator that measures College Readiness; students receive a score that may be used for college admission requirementsIndividual Score Reports are sent to the school approximately eight weeks after materials are returned to ACT. Reports and test books will be returned to students at that time.
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NCEXTEND1 Grade 11 (The ACT Alternate)ELA, Math, Science, & WritingGrade 11February 27 - March 13, 2018Student SpecificState MandatedAlternate Assessment for The ACTIndividual Student Report; provided within 30 days of scoring - sent home or provided at parent/teacher conferences
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College and Career Readiness Alternate Assessment (The ACT Alternate)ELA, Math, Science, & WritingGrade 11February 27 - March 13, 2018150 MinutesState MandatedAlternate Assessment for The ACTIndividual Student Report; provided within 30 days of scoring - sent home or provided at parent/teacher conferences
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GCS 8th Grade Science Benchmark #1ScienceGrade 8March 19-28, 201890 MinutesLocal AssessmentFormative benchmark assessments administered to provide teachers and parents with immediate feedback for guiding instructionOffered in Schoolnet, with an overall score and an item analysis by standard for each student.
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GCS ELA Benchmark #3ELA3, 4, & 8March 19-28, 201890 MinutesLocal AssessmentFormative benchmark assessments administered to provide teachers and parents with immediate feedback for guiding instructionOffered in Schoolnet, with an overall score and an item analysis by standard for each student.
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GCS Math Benchmark #3Math3, 7 & 8March 19-28, 201890 MinutesLocal AssessmentFormative benchmark assessments administered to provide teachers and parents with immediate feedback for guiding instructionOffered in Schoolnet, with an overall score and an item analysis by standard for each student.
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NCDPI ELA Check-in #3ELA5, 6 & 7March 19-28, 201890 MinutesLocal AssessmentFormative benchmark assessments administered to provide teachers and parents with immediate feedback for guiding instructionIndividual Student Report; provided within 30 days of scoring - sent home or provided at parent/teacher conferences
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NCDPI Math Check-in #3Math4, 5 & 6March 19-28, 201890 MinutesLocal AssessmentFormative benchmark assessments administered to provide teachers and parents with immediate feedback for guiding instructionIndividual Student Report; provided within 30 days of scoring - sent home or provided at parent/teacher conferences
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GCS 5th Grade Science Benchmark #2ScienceGrade 5March 19-28, 201890 MinutesLocal AssessmentFormative benchmark assessments administered to provide teachers and parents with immediate feedback for guiding instructionResults disseminated through progress reports, interim reports and parent conferences
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GCS DFA #2/Sem. 2 (HS EOC, NCFE & Local Courses)ELA, Math, Science, Social StudiesGrades 9 - 12March 26-29, 201890 MinutesLocal AssessmentFormative benchmark assessments administered to provide teachers and parents with immediate feedback for guiding instructionOffered in Schoolnet, with an overall score and an item analysis by standard for each student.
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iReady Diagnostic EOY (Reading & Math)ELA & MathK - 8April 9-20, 201890 MinutesLocal AssessmentFormative benchmark assessments administered to provide teachers and parents with immediate feedback for guiding instructionVaries by school; report is available upon request
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GCS 8th Grade Science Cumulative BenchmarkScienceGrade 8April 23-27, 201890 MinutesLocal AssessmentFormative benchmark assessments administered to provide teachers and parents with immediate feedback for guiding instructionOffered in Schoolnet, with an overall score and an item analysis by standard for each student.
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InView (IQ Testing)Intelligence QuotientGrade 2April 25, 2018105 MinutesLocal AssessmentObtain an IQ score for students that will be used as one of the measures to determine possible placement in special education programsScore reports are provided to schools as soon as received from the scoring vendor. Parents can request results from their child's teacher or school.
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mClass EOYELAK - 4April 30 - May 18, 20181 Minute ProbesState MandatedDetermine a student's Reading readiness and Reading level; opportunity to demonstrate ELA proficiency for Read to AchieveHome Connect letters are sent home quarterly
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Math (K-2) Assessment EOYMathK - 2April 30 - May 18, 201830-60 MinutesState MandatedProvides a measure of student proficiency of Math grade level standards.Individual student data for teachers; Parents may receive information upon request
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GCS DFA #3/Sem. 2 (HS EOC, NCFE & Local Courses)ELA, Math, Science, Social StudiesGrades 9 - 12May 14-18, 201890 MinutesLocal AssessmentFormative benchmark assessments administered to provide teachers and parents with immediate feedback for guiding instructionOffered in Schoolnet, with an overall score and an item analysis by standard for each student.
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End-of-Course Tests (Gaston Early College HS)ELA, Math & ScienceGrades 9 - 12May 18 - 24, 2018*150 - 180 MinutesState MandatedProvides a measure of student proficiency for the course; provides an exam grade for the course, used in State Accountability for proficiency and academic growthIndividual Student Report; provided within 30 days of scoring - sent home or provided at parent/teacher conferences
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NC Final Exams (Gaston Early College HS)ELA, Math, Science, Social StudiesGrades 9 - 12May 18 - 24, 2018*120 MinutesState MandatedProvides a measure of student proficiency for the course; provides an exam grade for the course, used in State Accountability for academic growthExam grades are recorded for the student as a part of their final grade for the course. Parents can access the exam grade on the report card or within the Parent Portal.
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NCEXTEND1 TestReading, Math & ScienceGrades 3 - 8 & 10May 23 - June 6, 2018Student SpecificState MandatedAlternate Assessment for EOGs and EOCsIndividual Student Report; provided within 30 days of scoring - sent home or provided at parent/teacher conferences
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End-of-Grade Test (Reading/ELA & Math)ELA & MathGrades 3 - 8May 23 - June 6, 2018*180 MinutesState MandatedProvides a measure of student proficiency for the subject; used in State Accountability for proficiency and academic growthIndividual Student Report; provided within 30 days of scoring - sent home or provided at parent/teacher conferences
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Math I End-of-Course Test (Middle School)MathGrade 830-May180 MinutesState MandatedProvides a measure of student proficiency for the course; provides an exam grade for the course, used in State Accountability for proficiency and academic growthIndividual Student Report; provided within 30 days of scoring - sent home or provided at parent/teacher conferences
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End-of-Grade Test (Science)ScienceGrades 5 & 8May 30 - June 1, 2018*180 MinutesState MandatedProvides a measure of student proficiency for the subject; used in State Accountability for proficiency and academic growthIndividual Student Report; provided within 30 days of scoring - sent home or provided at parent/teacher conferences
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End-of-Course Tests (Semester Schedule High Schools)ELA, Math, Science, CTE CoursesGrades 9 - 12May 31 - June 6, 2018*150 - 180 MinutesState MandatedProvides a measure of student proficiency for the course; provides an exam grade for the course, used in State Accountability for proficiency and academic growthIndividual Student Report; provided within 30 days of scoring - sent home or provided at parent/teacher conferences
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NC Final Exams (Semester Schedule High Schools)ELA, Math, Science, CTE CoursesGrades 9 - 12May 31 - June 6, 2018*180 MinutesState MandatedProvides a measure of student proficiency for the course; provides an exam grade for the course, used in State Accountability for academic growthExam grades are recorded for the student as a part of their final grade for the course. Parents can access the exam grade on the report card or within the Parent Portal.
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NCFE (Middle Schools)Science, Social StudiesGrades 6 - 8June 1 - 6, 2018*120 MinutesState MandatedProvides a measure of student proficiency for the course; used in State Accountability for academic growthScore reports are provided to schools within five days of testing. Parents can request NCFE results from their child's teacher or school.
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EOG Retest (3rd Grade English/Lang. Arts EOG Only)ELAGrade 3June 4, 2018180 MinutesState MandatedOpportunity to demonstrate ELA proficiency for Read to AchieveIndividual Student Report; provided within 30 days of scoring - sent home or provided at parent/teacher conferences
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* Final Exam Schedule is TBD
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