Assessments

  • In addition to district summative and classroom formative assessments, students participate in district-wide assessments. The frequency and types of tests used in the district vary by grade level and purpose.  The charts below lists those assessments and the students that would be assessed with each.  

    The district's decision to use district-wide assessments, such as the DIBELs and MAP, is intended to identify evidence of student learning to guide instructional decisions. At all levels, assessments used throughout the district are used to inform instruction and to guide educational decisions for students.

     

    Elementary Level

    Assessment

    Content Area

    Dates

    Students Assessed

    Purpose / Information about Assessment

    DIAL-4

    Pre-K concepts

    June-August

    Pre-K

    Pre-Kindergarten Screener – measures motor skills, kindergarten concepts and language skills

    DIBELs

    Reading

    October / May

    Grade 1

    Inform teachers for instructional decisions and academic support needs

    Accuracy Check (DIBELs Passage)

    Reading

    October / May

    Grade 2

    Inform teachers for instructional decisions and academic support needs

    SAGES

    Reasoning

    October

    Grade 1

    Gifted program screener

    Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment   

    Reading

    Fall/Spring

     K-5

    Inform teachers for instructional decisions in reading

    MAP (Survey with Goals)

    Reading, Math

    September-May (two-three times per year)

    Grades 1-5 and full day kindergarten

    A 46-52 question computer adaptive assessment used for instructional decisions by teachers

    Component for academic support, gifted screener, leveled math courses.

    PSSA

    Reading, Math

    March/April

    Grades 3-8

    State mandated assessment

    PSSA

    Writing

    March/April

    Grades 5 & 8

    State mandated assessment

    PSSA

    Science

    March/April

    Grades 4 & 8 

    State mandated assessment

     

    Middle School Level

    Assessment

    Content Area

    Dates

    Students Assessed

    Purpose / Information about Assessment

    Iowa Algebra Aptitude Test (IAAT)

    Math

    Spring

    Course 2 Math Students

    Informs placement decisions of course 2 math students into Algebra I for either 7thor 8th grade

    MAP (Survey with Goals)

    Reading, Math

    September-May (two-three times per year)

    Grades 6 & 7, all special education and gifted students, select 8th graders

    A 46-52 question computer adaptive assessment used for instructional decisions by teachers

    Component for academic support, gifted screener, leveled math courses.

    PSSA

    Reading, Math

    March/April

    Grades 3-8

    State mandated assessment

    PSSA

    Writing

    March/April

    Grades 5 & 8

    State mandated assessment

    PSSA

    Science

    March/April

    Grades 4 & 8

    State mandated assessment

    Keystone

    Algebra 1

    May

    Students completing Algebra 1

    State mandated assessment

    PSAT

    Reading Math

    Grades 10, 11

    Provides students the opportunity to practice for the SAT; results guides decisions for AP course consideration

     

    High School Level (* indicates an optional assessment) 

    Assessment

    Content Area

    Dates

    Students Assessed

    Purpose / Information about Assessment

    MAP (Survey with Goals)

    Reading, Math

    September-May (two-three times per year)

    Grades 9-10, all special education and gifted students, and select 11th graders

    A 46-52 question computer adaptive assessment used for instructional decisions by teachers

    Component for academic support, gifted screener, leveled math courses.

    PSSA

    Reading, Math

    March/April

    Grades 3-8

    State mandated assessment

    PSSA

    Writing

    March/April

    Grades 5 & 8

    State mandated assessment

    PSSA

    Science

    March/April

    Grades 4 & 8

    State mandated assessment

    Keystone Exams

    Algebra 1, Literature, & Biology

    December or May  

    Students completing a course within the tested areas

    State mandated assessment

    SAT*

    Reading, Math, Writing

    Various

    Grades 11, 12

    Optional test for college admission requirements

    ACT*

    Various

    Various

    Grades 11, 12

    Optional test for college admission requirements

    AP Exams*

    Various

    May

    Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

    Optional tests for students to receive college credits