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Balanced Assessment System

A Balanced Assessment System provides information to a variety of people for a variety of purposes.

Standardized tests such as PARCC, Advanced Placement, and ACT/SAT help the district answer the question, “Are our students meeting standards?” Data from these assessments assist in guiding our school improvement decisions.

Benchmark/Diagnostic assessments such as Fountas and Pinnell, MAP, CogAT, and TOMAGS, as well as common grade level assessments, provide information about which standards our students are consistently mastering and which students may need support.  In addition, data from these assessments support placement and school improvement decisions.

Formative assessments such as observations, student conferences, homework, and quizzes allow students, teachers and parents to understand where the student is now on the learning progression.  Teachers use this data to determine what comes next.

Teachers, students, parents, and district decision makers need multiple data points to make decisions. Having multiple assessments is integral to continuous improvement.  Every individual in District 95 uses assessment data to answer the questions: How am I (are we) doing?  Where am I (are we) going? How can I (we) do better? An assessment system is like a photo album.  Each assessment, like a single photograph, captures a single moment in time.  It is the collection that provides a complete view of an experience or an individual.

Most importantly, students need to use the data to guide their learning. Research is clear that assessment capable learners have a higher rate of learning (Hattie 2012).  Students need summative assessments to tell them how much they have learned at a given point in time (assessment of learning) and feedback on their current performance so they understand what they need to do to increase their learning (assessment for learning).

Below is a list of state standardized tests and local assessments used by the district.

ACRONYM NAME
ACCESS
Assessing Comprehension and Communication  in English Language Learners
CogAT
Cognitive Abilities Test
F & P
Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment
MAP
Northwest Evaluation Association Measures of Academic Progress
PARCC
Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers
TOMAGS
Test of Mathematical Abilities for Gifted Students
 
AP
College Board Advanced Placement
ACT
American College Test
SAT
Scholastic Aptitude Test|
PSAT/
NMSQT
Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test

 

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