Twelve District Assessments and two other (individualized) assessments serve as data points from which instructional intervention courses of action are taken to improve students’ achievement on the Pennsylvania School System of Assessments.
a. Teaching Strategies GOLD
b. Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS-3)
c. Star Early Literary Assessment
2. Diagnostics (In-Depth View)
a. Dynamic Indicator of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS Next): K–Grade 3
b. Group Reading Assessment and Diagnostic Evaluation (GRADE): Pre-K–8
c. Star Assessment – ELA/Math
3. Benchmarks (Progress Toward Standards)
4. Formative/Progress Monitoring (Growth Charts)
a. LoTi HEAT: K–8
5. Summative (Reaching our Goals)
PSSA (Reading: Grades 3-8; Math: Grades 3-8; Writing: Grades 5, 8; Science: Grades 4, 8
PSSA (Reading, Math, Writing and Science) 12th Grade Re-Take
PASA (Reading, Math and Science)
6. Other (Individualized)
ACCESS for ELLs: Annual Assessment given to ESL students to determine their eligibility for ESL/ELL services Assessments to determine Eligibility for Gifted Services
DEFINITIONS OF ASSESSMENTS
Teaching Strategies GOLD
Teaching Strategies’ (formally The Creative Curriculum) Teaching Strategies GOLD® is a comprehensive, research-based assessment system that supports effective teaching and children’s development and learning. The assessment system helps teachers focus on what matters most for children’s success.
ECERS-3, the long-awaited new version of the widely used Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale, is designed to access the quality of programs and classrooms serving children three through five years of age. The comprehensive, internationally recognized assessment tool evaluates environmental factors and teacher-child interactions that affect young children’s developmental needs.
- – Space and furnishings
- – Personal care routines
- – Laundry and literacy
- – Learning activities
- – Interaction
- – Program structure
Replacing the previous version of Sopris Learning’s Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS 6th Edition), DIBELS Next includes a series of research-based enhancements that increase the ease of use as well as the reliability and validity of the assessment.
DIBELS is a set of procedures and measures for assessing the acquisition of early literacy skills designed to be short (one minute) fluency measures used to regularly monitor the development of early literacy and early reading skills. They are comprised of seven measures to indicate phonemic awareness, alphabetic principle, accuracy and fluency with connected text, reading comprehension and vocabulary. DIBELS identifies children experiencing difficulty in acquisition of basic early literacy skills in order to provide support early and prevent the occurrence of later reading difficulties.
Pearson’s Group Reading Assessment and Diagnostic Evaluation (GRADE™) is a diagnostic reading test that determines what developmental skills students Pre-K through 12th grade have mastered and where they need instruction or intervention. And GRADE helps educators with the recommended instruction through correlated follow-up materials. GRADE is group-administered, norm-referenced, and based on scientific research. GRADE provides the components educators need to accurately and efficiently assess reading competencies. GRADE is a total solution for reading assessment and instruction.
Levels of technology Implementation (LoTi) focuses on levels of classroom teaching, learning and digital-age leadership in the areas of learning and innovation skills; information, media and technology skills; and life career skills to improve the effective use of these skills by degrees through focusing on the finer parts of their use: Higher Order Thinking (increased, purposeful inquiry and differentiation); Engaged Learning (sharing expertise through networked collaboration and student-centered learning environments); Authentic Connections (globalizing and differentiating to personalize content); and Technology Use (use of digital learning tools at the point of teaching, learning and assessment).
HEAT is an acronym for Higher order thinking, Engaged learning, Authentic connections, and Technology use. It is intended to improve students’ learning and use of 21st century skills in classrooms through assessment of best practices involving 21st century skills.
The Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) is a summative, standards-based, content-specific battery of assessments administered in English Language Arts (ELA), Math and Science that measures the degree to which students have learned and can apply their knowledge and skills of the scope of standards they were taught and mastered for their grade level over a period of one year.
However, assessment scores just represent a snapshot in time of student performance and should not be considered the sole indicator of student achievement. Standardized assessments, like the PSSA, help Pennsylvania meet federal and state requirements, as well as provide educators, stakeholders, and policymakers with important information about the commonwealth’s students and schools, and inform instructional practices.
Our 4th grade students will be tested in English Language Arts, Math and Science. All other students at Kelly and Turner Elementary Schools, grades 3rd, 5th and 6th, will just be tested in ELA and Math.
The 2017 test schedule is as follows:
ELA: April 3-6, 2017 (Grades 3-6)
Mathematics: April 24-28, 2017 (Grades 3-6)
Science: May 1-5, 2017 (Grades 4)
Make-up Days: May 8-12, 2017
The Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment (PASA) is a statewide alternate assessment designed for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities for students who are unable to participate meaningfully in the PSSAs, even with accommodations. (PASA administration is in achieve compliance with federal laws and the Pennsylvania School Code that require that all students participate in the statewide accountability system.
ACCESS for ELLs
Developed by the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessments (WIDA) Consortium and the Center for Applied Linguistics, the annual Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners (ACCESS for ELLs) test is the state-approved English language proficiency (ELP) assessment.
ACCESS for ELLs measures the WIDA English language proficiency (ELP) standards at the core of the WIDA Consortium’s approach to instructing and evaluating the progress of English language learners. It is administered annually to LEP students in kindergarten through grade 12 to monitor their progress in acquiring academic English. WIDA is a consortium of 27 states that provides cohesive research-based standards and assessment systems supporting state academic standards in the language domains of Listening, Speaking, Writing, and Reading. All test items are aligned to the WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards.
ACCESS for ELLs assesses students’ abilities in all four language domains. It evaluates Social and Instructional English as well as academic language corresponding to the subject areas of Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. It may be used as a screening assessment to determine a student’s English language proficiency level and a need for English language instructional services.
DISTRICT ASSESSMENT DATABASES
- PVAAS (Pennsylvania Value Added Assessment)
- PDE’s Diagnostic Tools