Assessments

Ideally, every school should have a balanced assessment system of diagnostic, 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 diligently 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.  
 
We 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.
 

It could probably be considered scandalous for us tell you that test scores are not the most important measure of our influence on our students.  But...to be absolutely honest...they aren’t.  Test scores are certainly part of how we measure our success and challenges.  However, test data is by far not the only way we measure our impact.  In fact, our impact is measured in many ways you will not likely see on the Ohio Department of Education’s Local Report Card.  Our impact is measured when a student that “speaks” through a communication device attends commencement and receives his diploma with his peers.  It is measured by how the football team names honorary captains at home games and how the softball team visits a children’s hospital every year.  It is measured when our middle school hosts a Veteran’s Day Assembly and honors our heroes. It is measured when our students raise money and collect tabs to support Ronald McDonald House.  It is also measured by the FFA Service Projects.  Our impact is measured when a student identified with Autism attends a field trip for the first time and rides a bus with her classmates.  It is measured when a kindergartner explains to her Grandmother that a student with a disability has gifts that she doesn’t have so he helps her keep her desk organized and she reads to him to share her gift.  Every day our impact is measured as our students learn to be respectful and accepting of others.  In Wapakoneta, education has indeed taken us to the moon and even beyond.  If we stop now and we consider the compassion, thoughtfulness, determination, and diligence that our current students have, the possibilities are endless as to where it will take us next. 

Parents may request information regarding any state or district policy regarding student participation in any assessments mandated by section 1111(b) (2) and the by the State or district, including a policy, procedure and or parent right to opt out the child of the assessment.  

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