In April, the Mount Vernon Community School District will engage its students in the implementation of the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP).  This assessment tool was developed by the Iowa Testing Programs at the University of Iowa, and is tied directly to the Iowa Core Standards.  Data from the assessments is a powerful tool for both the district and the state as a means to measure student progress and school improvement.  This new assessment tool takes the place of the former Iowa Assessments; and was given for the first time in 2019, but was canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19.  The ISASP is an online assessment.

Students in grades 3-11 will be assessed in four core areas.  All grade levels will be assessed in Reading, Language Arts/Writing, and Math.  In addition, students in grades 5, 8 and 10 will take a Science assessment.  Students will be assessed in the month of April on the following schedule:
1.   Mount Vernon High School will assess on April 6, 7, and 8.

2. Washington Elementary (3rd and 4th grades) will assess on April 12, 13, and 14.

3. Mount Vernon Middle School will assess on April 20, 21, and 22; eigth grade students.

Further details regarding the schedules for the three schools will be shared by the schools as we get closer to the assessment dates.

If for any reason you feel your child should be exempt from this assessment please send a letter to me outlining your reasons for the exemption request (525 Palisades Rd. SW, Mount Vernon, IA  52314 or gbatenhorst@mvcsd.org).  I ask that you send that request to me by Friday, March 26, 2021.  If you have any questions regarding the ISASP, please feel free to contact me by phone at (319) 895-8845 or email.