Assessments & Data
Assessments & Data
Assessments play a large role in the process of educating students. Not only do appropriate assessments measure the amount of learning, given a particular concept, but they also allow teachers to gain an understanding of how to instruct students.
Of course, there are many formal and informal assessments. Below is a group of assessments that our district utilizes throughout a school year. Keep in mind that the list is not exhaustive.
MAPS - North West Evaluation Association (NWEA)
Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA)
NWEA MAPS testing (grades 3-5) and MPG (grades K-2) is an adaptive test to determine instructional level and appropriate resources. The tests are heavily researched and used by many districts throughout the country.
Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP)
The State of Michigan utilizes the M-STEP once a year as a summative assessment. The test is designed to measure student growth in the following subject areas and grade levels: English language arts and mathematics (Grades 3-7), science (Grade 5, 8 & 11) and social studies (Grade 5, 8 & 11). The assessments include both open-ended response and multiple-choice questions. Open-ended questions challenge students to explain their answers by providing written responses.
Acadience assessments are given three times per year to all Kindergarten through Fifth grade students. The group of tests help to determine a student's reading aptitude in areas such as letters, sounds, text fluency, and text comprehension. Each test is short, yet yields valuable information.
There are many curriculum-based measures (CBMs) utilized by classroom teachers to gauge the depth of learning for students. In most cases, the CBMs come directly from the curricular resource and are connected to State benchmarks or standards.
Each of these assessments provide data to inform teachers about relevant student learning. Thus, teachers are able to make decisions about how to scaffold instruction per student.