100% Online Learners & FAST Testing

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The Iowa Department of Education has clarified that all schools are expected to administer the Winter FAST screener to all students (both Online and Hybrid learners), which measures student early literacy skills. We will be administering the screener to all learners between January 18-29. This is the same screener that we administered to your child back in September of this school year.  The K & 1st screener takes approximately 10-15 minutes, and approximately 5-10 minutes for 2nd-6th grade students. We would like our online families to sign up for a fifteen minute period of time on Thursday, January 21st or Friday, January 22nd.  The teachers administering the screener are Annette Ericksen, K-2 Reading Specialist, Teresa Harrington, 3-6 Reading Specialist, Carrie Moberg, Instructional Coach, and Karyn Green, AmeriCorp Reading Tutor. There may be a few other teachers or administrators helping with the screenings as well. 

Just like when we did testing in the fall, we will be using the Pleasant View cafeteria to screen our online learners at a time as scheduled via PTC Fast. This is the same scheduling software that was used for Meet & Greet Night and past Parent/Teacher Conferences. We will be practicing social distancing and requiring masks/face coverings to be worn while in our building, so please bring a face covering for your child.  When each child arrives in the cafeteria at the assigned time, they will be asked to use hand sanitizer.  In addition to hand sanitizer, our tables will be disinfected between screening sessions. Please follow the directions below in order to sign up for the Fall FAST screener:

  • Click on this PTC FAST link to select a fifteen minute slot on January 21 or January 22 for each child you have enrolled as an online learner at Pleasant View.  If possible, try to schedule at a time when your child does not have an online session.  If it has to be during an online session, please inform your child's teacher. Your child will be marked as participating should he or she have to miss a session due to being administered the FAST screener.
  • Arrive 5 minutes prior to your appointment time on January 21 or January 22. 
  • Enter Pleasant View through door N4 (the “front/main entrance” of the school), where you will be greeted and escorted to the cafeteria. Please make sure you and your child(ren) wear a mask and/or face covering when entering the building. One parent/guardian can accompany each child.
  • FAST screener administration will take approximately 10-15 minutes.

Please email Cindy Blake at blakecindy@pleasval.org or call 563-332-5575 if you have any concerns or questions pertaining to Fall FAST Assessment scheduling.

 

Thank you,

 

Steven Cotton

Principal

Pleasant View Elementary