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Standardized Assessment Practices

Standardized Assessment Practices

 

In order to monitor student progress and to measure the effectiveness of our programming, several standardized assessments are administered to all students.  These include locally identified assessments as well as the state-required assessment. Locally identified assessments that are given to all students are called “Universal Assessments”.  They are called universal because all students take them in the designated grade levels. They are primarily administered at the beginning and end of the school year as they are designed to document growth over the course of the year. 

 

The following chart summarizes these tools by grade level:

 

Grade

Assessment

Dates

What is Assessed?

K-2

K-2 NWEA Map Growth ME2020

Reading and Math

Early Learning Assessment

Fall Window (grade 1 & 2 only) 10/4-10/29

 

Winter Window

1/10-1/28


Spring Window

5/2-5/27

(For Teacher use RTI purposes)

NWEA offers Map Growth ME 2020 assessments that provide both reading and math assessments built specifically for early learners.  These early reading and math assessments serve as our universal screening.  We use the results to inform classroom instruction, identify students in need of additional support or enrichment, and to monitor student growth.  Universal screening is an initial step in recognizing the students who are performing above or below grade-level standards.  The assessments are nationally normed, computer adaptive, and provide immediate information on individual student strengths and areas of need.

2-11

NWEA Map Growth ME2020 Reading, Language Usage and Math

Fall Window 10/4-10/29

 

Winter Window

1/10-1/28

 

Spring Window

5/2-5/27

 



(For Teacher use RTI purposes and State Accountability Data)

NWEA Map Growth ME 2020 assessments provide reading, language usage and math assessments that are nationally normed, and endorsed by the National Center of Response to Intervention.  These early reading and math assessments serve as our universal screening. The NWEA Map Growth assessments create a personalized assessment experience by adapting questions to student ability and accurately measure performance.  The results help to identify where a student is in their learning. We use the results to inform classroom instruction, identify students in need of additional support or enrichment, and monitor student growth.  Universal screening is an initial step in recognizing students who are performing above or below grade-level standards.  The assessments provide immediate information on individual student strengths and areas of need.

3-8, 11

MEA 

Growth ME2020 Reading and Math



Spring Window

5/2-5/27

*data used from spring assessment above*

NWEA Map Growth ME 2020 State assessments, known as the Maine Educational Assessments (MEA), measure the progress of Maine’s students toward the content standards adopted for Maine students.  

 

 

5, 8, 11

MEA 

Science

Late Spring

State assessments, known as the Maine Educational Assessments (MEA), measure the progress of Maine’s students toward the content standards adopted for Maine students. 

7th or 8th

Orleans-Hanna Algebra Readiness Test

Spring

Help determine if a student is ready to take Algebra

10th & 11th

PSAT: Reading, Math, Writing & Language (Essay is optional)

Fall

Practice for the SAT

11th

SAT: Reading, Math, Writing & Language (Essay is optional)

Spring

Utilized as a state assessment, known as the Maine Educational Assessments (MEA), to measure the progress of Maine’s students toward the content standards adopted for Maine students.

10 - 12 

Advanced Placement (optional) 

May

AP courses are rigorous, college-level classes in a variety of subjects that give students an opportunity to gain the skills and experience colleges recognize.

2-7th

10th & 11th

PAAP (Personalized Alternate Assessment Portfolio)

During the teaching year

Offered at grades 2-7 and 2nd and 3rd-year high school for reading and mathematics; at grades 5, 8, and 3rd-year high school for science; and at grades 4, 7, and 3rd-year high school for writing. PAAPs will be completed (during the ìteaching yearî beginning with Grade 2 in Reading and Math) in conjunction with agreed-upon accommodations through the IEP process.

K-12

WIDA ACCESS for ELLs

December - February

For all K-12 Enrolled English Language Learners is an assessment for English Language Proficiency. All K-12 English language learners (ELLs) in Maine, including recently arrived ELLs, must be assessed for English language proficiency by participating in the WIDA ACCESS for ELLs during the testing window of December to February of each school year.

4, 8, & 11

NAEP

 

This assessment is administered every 2 years in February to a percentage of randomly selected students at selected statewide sites in grades 4, 8, and 11 in the areas of reading, math, and science. Scores are reported at the state level only - not individually by students, schools, or districts.

 

All Maine schools participate in the Maine Comprehensive Assessment System (MeCAS), which provides information about the academic progress of students, schools, and the state as a whole.  National and international assessments help us interpret the success of Maine’s students in comparison to students in other states and nations.  State assessments, known as the Maine Educational Assessments (MEA), measure the progress of Maine’s students toward the content standards adopted for Maine students.  Along with other local assessment instruments and/or teacher-developed classroom assessments, the MEA can help educators and parents to understand where every public school student is and where they may need additional support to become college and career-ready by graduation.

 

The MEA in English language arts and math is administered annually in grades 3-8 and 11. The science MEA is administered in grades 5, 8, and 11. All 11th graders participate in the SAT. Alternative assessments are provided for students with significant cognitive disabilities, including the PAAP and MSAA. MEA ACCESS for ELLs is administered to students identified as English learners which measures language acquisition.  For more information about Maine’s assessment system, visit http://maine.gov/doe/assessment.

 

High School Students also take other college and career readiness assessments. The PSAT serves as a predictor of SAT achievement, provides criteria for merit scholarships, and helps students with their college search process. Similarly, some students take the ACT, another college and career readiness assessment. All of these may be submitted to consideration in college applications. Also, students enrolled in advanced placement courses take the Advanced Placement exam for the given course in May. Typically, scores of 3 or better, when submitted to colleges, earn college-level credit. 

 

The Gorham School Department utilizes all assessment data to help inform our practices at the district, school, classroom, and individual levels for our students.  We encourage students and parents to participate fully in our assessment program.