Ideally, every school should have a balanced assessment system of dianostic, formative and summative assessments. Beginning in preschool and ending days before graduation, we assess students both formally and informally every day. Although, in many cases, we agree that our students are over-tested. We also know that we have to have some ways to objectively and reliably assess students. We actively and dilegently reflect on our assessments to determine if we are using the best assessments and assessment methods. Through analysis of assessment data, we can look for trends in strengths and weaknesses and better understand the areas we need to focus on.
This year we are no longer using the STAR tests and will now use the MAP tests in Grades 1-10. We have also added the CAP Assessment to science and social studies in grades 5-10. We will be learning to use these assessments, to provide more informed instruction, throughout this year.
For a more in-depth look at how we use large-scale assessments, please download the document below by clicking on the picture of the first page.