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.
UPDATED 4/8/20: ACT test for ALL juniors postponed, NEW date selected
We have worked with ACT to reschedule the ACT administration for all 2019-20 Juniors to October 6, 2020.
We apologize for the inconvenience administering the ACT on October 6 has presented for students. Know that under the present COVID-19 conditions, our options for administering the ACT to Juniors were very limited. Please consult this email, sent April 20, 2020, from Michael Werner, Mounds View Public Schools Post Secondary Coordinator for guidance.
For access to the ACT exam earlier than October 6, the assessment staff recommend that the student sign up for the national ACT test date that will support them in having the ACT score information in advance of any impending deadlines. All information for registering for a national ACT test date is presented on the ACT Website at act.org
There are currently two summer ACT testing dates: June 13 (scores available June 23) and July 18 (scores available July 28) and one Fall ACT testing date: September 14 (scores available September 24)
Each student/family completes the registration process online. Deans are available to support any questions as the student completes the ACT registration process.
For support in paying for the ACT exam, if the student qualifies for free or reduced-price lunch, please contact the student's dean for an ACT waiver before completing the registration process. If the student will ONLY participate in the summer/fall national ACT administration (and not take the District’s October 6 ACT administration), then Mounds View Schools could reimburse families for the cost. Please see the Mounds View ACT Reimbursement Form for this process.
If the student participates in a summer/fall national administration of the ACT, they are also welcomed to participate in the October 6, 2020 administration at our school. Mounds View Schools is willing to pay for any 2021 Seniors to participate in ONE ACT exam.
Advanced Placement students WILL be able to participate in AP exams
College Board released on Friday, April 3, that AP exams will begin at the same time & date nationwide. The NEW Online At Home AP Exam Schedule includes details on exam dates and times, what's covered and what's not, the types of questions that may be asked, how those questions will be weighted, and more.
2020 Online At Home AP Exams will be:
- Given May 11-22 and June 1-5 (see schedule for each subject exam’s date)
- Given at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm or 3:00 pm (see schedule for each subject exam’s time)
- 45 minutes long
- Open book/open note
- Online (or a photo of handwritten work)
- Free Response Questions (FRQs) only
More details available at https://apcoronavirusupdates.collegeboard.org/students
See the email update we sent on May 1, 2020, to students and families who have a student registered for an AP exam here.
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.
Technology for AP Exams
Students will be able to take the online at home AP exams on any device they have access to — computer, tablet or smartphone. Taking a photo of handwritten work will also be an option. Mounds View Schools would like to make sure that all students have a device and internet service in which to access the test and upload responses. College Board has indicated that the students must use the same device for each process. College Board will provide simulations so that students may practice this process ahead of taking the exam. Contact your teacher or dean if you require a device or internet to take these exams. For more information, visit the Mounds View Schools Coronavirus Resources Technology webpage.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions can be directed to AP teachers or email@example.com.