What is Distance Learning?
Students engaging in distance learning have access to appropriate educational materials and receive daily interaction with their licensed teacher(s). Distance learning does not necessarily mean all learning takes place via a Chromebook or online learning management system (LMS). Some learning tasks can be completed via physical resources (books, workbooks, packets, pen and paper).
- All distance instructional plans created by teachers and shared with students will focus on District priority benchmarks.
- Courses that do not have priority benchmarks (i.e. electives) will focus on the essential learning defined at the beginning of the course.
- Most Mondays are scheduled as planning days for teachers and their professional learning communities. Recorded lessons or physical resources will be used for instruction on these days. Teachers will also use Monday to provide individual feedback to students and/or families.
- All teachers will post their daily learning target and student learning activities by 8:30 a.m.
- Examples of learning activities may include: video recorded lesson, class discussion (Google Meet), question and answer session, small-group peer discussions (Google Meet), or formative/summative assessments
- Teachers will provide students with timely feedback on completed practice work and/or assessments
- In addition to the daily learning activity, each PLC/teacher will determine a schedule to host 20 minutes of daily student interaction for each course/subject taught. This intentional student interaction will take place Tuesday through Friday.
- Formative and summative assessments will continue to be used by teachers and PLCs to measure, monitor and respond to students learning.
- Assessments, exit tickets, surveys, feedback forms, etc. can be provided in hard copies, Google forms, or delivered digitally using a secure browser.
While Mounds View Public Schools students are not attending school, we will not be administering any standardized assessments at our schools as planned for spring 2020. We will work with the test vendors to support students in accessing these assessments when the health conditions have improved. We will continue to post additional information once it is available.
No state testing (MCA/MTAS)
The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) announced on Friday, March 20, that a national waiver from administering statewide assessments as required by federal law is available. Read the United States Department of Education article regarding testing. The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) has applied for this national waiver.
ACT test for ALL juniors postponed
We are working with ACT to reschedule this exam for a later date.
Advanced Placement students WILL be able to participate in AP exams
College Board released on Friday, March 20, that they will provide students with the ability to take a 45-minute online free-response exam at home. The exam questions will address concepts covered by most students through March. See link to the Course-Specific Exam Information Table. For most AP subjects, there will also be two different testing dates offered to allow flexibility for students to take the exam sooner while the content is still fresh, or later to allow more time to practice. The full exam schedule, specific free-response question types that will be on each AP Exam, and additional testing details will be available by April 3.
AP Exam Prep
Free resources will be available through exam day from College Board and AP teachers to help students get ready and prepare for their exams. Beginning March 25, students can attend free, live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. The resources will include free online video lessons developed by AP teachers for the AP topics and skills typically taught in each AP course. Watch the videos at youtube.com/advancedplacement.
AP Studio Art and Computer Science Principles
Portfolio submissions for AP Studio Art and Computer Science Principles has been extended to May 26. Also, Computer Science Principles students will NOT have to take a final AP exam. Instead, their score will be determined based on the two performance tasks they submit.
As the situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, we encourage students and families to frequently visit the College Board website and the District Advanced Placement (AP) testing website for updated information. Students registered for AP exams will also continue to receive updates from their AP teachers as well as emails from email@example.com.
Questions can be directed to AP teachers or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students will be able to take these streamlined AP exams on any device they have access to — computer, tablet or smartphone. Taking a photo of handwritten work will also be an option.
Chromebooks are being distributed to all students in grades 1 through 12 this week as part of the District distance learning plan. Students should watch for information from their school about pick-up dates, times and instructions. Internet options are also available for students. For more information, visit the Mounds View Schools Coronavirus Resources Technology webpage.