Renita Page and Anne Smith of the Vernon Parish School Board’s curriculum department have announced testing dates.

Renita Page and Anne Smith of the Vernon Parish School Board’s curriculum department have announced testing dates.

Those dates were released to the members of the board at Tuesday’s meeting.

All third and fourth-grade students are taking paper-based assessments in English/language arts, math, science and social studies. The testing dates, as set by the state, will be May 1 though 4 for ELA, math and social studies, while science will be completed on May 5.

Vernon Parish had the option of giving the computer-based assessment instead of the paper one. However, the curriculum department opted for the latter.

For those students in grades 5 through 8, they will take the paper based assessment in science on May 5, as well.

However, those same students will take the computer based assessment in ELA, math and social studies as these subjects are only tested on the computer.

Every student in the parish will take the test in this same manner as every other student in the state.

As for high school students, they will be tested between April 18 and May 19. End-of-course testing will be held in Algebra I, Geometry, English II, English III, Biology and United States history.

Additionally, all juniors in Vernon Parish will take the ACT on March 21.

In other news, superintendent James Williams took the opportunity to honor board members Jim Seaman and Vernon L. Travis, Jr., as certified school board members as deemed by the Louisiana School Board Association.

“We appreciate your dedication to the board and all of your accomplishments,” Williams said. “We appreciate the work both of you do.”

Also, the board opted to sell a 1991 school bus, formerly used by Vernon Parish HeadStart, for $500, while also approving a resolution continuing the consolidated application for program funding for Title I, Title II, Title III, Title IV, IDEA and IDEA Pre-School.