What should students know and be able to do? How do we know that students learned? What if they know it already? What if they don’t know it after being taught?
These are questions teachers routinely ask themselves about student learning throughout the school year. The answers come, in part, through assessments. Different types of assessments are routinely given to students during the year. A balanced approach to testing gives teachers, parents and students ongoing feedback about student performance.
With this ongoing feedback, teachers are able to adjust instruction to fit the needs of each learner. Students are able to use this information as well, to set goals and internalize their learning and education.
District 49 uses a variety of assessments that allows teachers to tailor and customize instruction for each student. Different types of assessments serve different purposes in the educational process.
Benchmark and interim assessments are given periodically throughout the year and happen “in the middle of learning” so teachers, students and parents can understand how well students are progressing and make adjustment in instruction as necessary.
Formative assessments are similar to interim assessments but are much more frequent and may be more informal. These quick checks allow teachers to see if students understand specific concepts just taught. From formative assessments incorrect understanding can be addressed immediately. Examples of formative assessment include, but are not limited to, questioning, exit tickets or quizzes.
DIBELS Next (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills), given three times a year in kindergarten through fifth grade, it shows how students are acquiring foundational reading skills necessary for further academic success.ACT Aspire, designed to prepare students for college and career success.Scholastic Math Inventory, a computer adaptive assessment that monitors math skills through Algebra I, providing immediate data and may be given up to five times a year.Scholastic Reading Inventory