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Bells Elementary Assessment Guide

 

2018-19 Bells Elementary Assessment Guide 

The Purpose of Assessment:

Assessment in an integral part of instruction, as it determines whether or not the goals of education are being met.  Assessment affects decisions about grades, placement, advancement, instructional needs, curriculum, and, in some cases, funding.  Assessments inspire school systems to ask hard questions: "Are we teaching what we think we are teaching?"  "Are students learning what they are supposed to be learning?" "Is there a way to teach the subject better, thereby promoting better learning?"

Today's students need to now not only the basic reading and arithmetic skills, but also skills that allow them to face a world that is continually changing.  They must be able to think critically, to analyze, and to make inferences.  Changes in the skills and knowledge base that our students need now require new learning goals:  these new learning goals change the relationship between assessment and instruction.  Teachers need to take an active role in making decisions about the purpose of assessment and the content that is being assessed.

"Why is Assessment Important?"

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July 5, 2016

 

Assessments that Bells Elementary School Administers:

Click on the name of the assessment to learn more about each test.

STAR Early Literacy Grades K-1 (District Assessment)

STAR Reading Grades 1-5 (District Assessment)

Purpose of the STAR Early Literacy and STAR Reading Assessment:  Used for Benchmark Testing. Star Early Literacy and Star Reading are aligned to a research-based learning progression on a unified scale. Educators can see students' progress through a sequence of skills and subskills based on your state standards. Quickly identify knowledge gaps and determine next steps to ensure all students are on the path from pre-literacy to reading proficiency, and to success in college, career, and life.

STAR Math Grades 2-5 (District Assessment)

Purpose of STAR Math Assessment:  Used for Benchmark Testing. Stakeholders will see the math skills and sub-skills students know and which skills they're ready to work on next, then access resources to guide students on the optimal path to math proficiency.

Aimsweb Grades K-5 (District Assessment)

Purpose of the Assessment:  Used to progress monitor students.  Determines how students are progressing toward grade level goals with intervention activities.

TCAP Testing Grades 2-5  (State Mandated Assessment)

Purpose of the Assessement: To measure student understanding of our state standards.

 

2018-2019 Assessment Calendar:

August 6-10: Fall Benchmark Tests - District Assessments 

STAR Early Literacy Grades K-1

STAR Reading Grades 2-5

STAR Math Grades 2-5

Parent Reports will be sent home and shared with school personnel after all testing is complete

August 13-17:

Aimsweb K-5 as needed for RTI

Parent Reports will be sent home and shared with school personnel after all testing is complete

 

November 26-November 30:  District Assessment

STAR Early Literacy Grades K-1

STAR Reading Grades 1-5

STAR Math Grades 2-5

Parent Reports will be sent home and shared with school personnel after all testing is complete

December 3 - December 7:

Aimsweb K-5 as needed for RTI

Parent Reports will be sent home and shared with school personnel after all testing is complete

 

February 26 - March 9:

WIDA Testing Grades K-5

Results will be shared with parents and shared with school personnel when available


April 1-5: District Assessment

STAR Early Literacy Grades K-1

STAR Reading Grades 1-5

Parent Reports will be sent home and shared with school personnel after all testing is complete

April 8-April 12:

Aimsweb K-5 as needed for RTI

Parent Reports will be sent home and shared with school personnel after all testing is complete

 

 

April 15-May 3:  State Assessments

Grades 2-5

Parent Reports will be sent home and shared with school personnel as soon as they are available from the Department of Education.

 

Testing Data availibility for stakeholders:

School data will be available on the school report card and results will be published in the local newspaper.  The Director will share data with the school board and community stakeholders as requested.  Bells City School will also share testing data with future school placements via permanant records.   School level meetings will be held to discuss and evaluate all testing data.