Our school-wide assessment calendar will be changing from last year’s model in both math and language arts. Here’s a synopsis:
For math we will be using the District Benchmark Assessments. If your grade level has modified the math pacing from the district pacing, please indicate to us what questions are being deleted and added from each benchmark so that we can assist with the creation and copying of these tests.
For Language Arts we will create our own benchmarks, but they will be open-ended, short answer, and essay assessments. The ILT will assist in the creating a process for grade levels to design and create these assessments. We are moving away from multiple choice assessments for our quarterly benchmarks.
Purpose: To obtain from individual students their reading strengths and weaknesses as well as their reading habits, likes, and dislikes. The assessment should provide data on students’ accuracy, fluency, and comprehension on the text that they can read at the instructional level (defined as a level that they can read at least 90% accuracy, and 80% comprehension.
Frequency: In the early primary grades students should be assessed every 4-6 weeks as they tend to make significant progress across the many levels of text.
When students reach DRA level 28 or Results beginning 3rd grade they should be assessed 4 times a year:
July, October, January, May (LM)
Students who are below grade level or who have not achieved the fluency benchmark described above (10 words above end of year) should be assessed every 4-6 weeks.
At grade level students can be assessed in a more informal and efficient manner. You can have students read a brief selection from their independent reading selection and focus on comprehension and higher order thinking skills.
I will collect from everyone after two weeks (August 3) your results from your initial Running Records. Once again, we’ll discuss on Friday to answer any questions you might have.