Assessment... how we evaluate
We need to know how well our students are succeeding on a continual basis. That is why we use a comprehensive Pewaukee District Assessment Program to obtain a balanced profile of student achievement. Our program consists of a three-tiered system including standardized testing, the district selected assessments, and classroom assessments, all of which are monitored on an ongoing basis.
- Standardized Testing
The District’s standardized testing program includes the State-mandated assessment system which will again include a new set of tests in the areas of English Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies in grades 3-8, along with the administration of the ACT Aspire (grades 9-10), and ACT & ACT WorkKeys (grade 11). Our students consistently perform among the best in Wisconsin on these assessments.
- Pewaukee District Benchmark Assessment System
We continue to be on the cutting edge in our use of the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) system in reading, writing, and math. We implemented this program to identify measurable student achievement in these vital subject areas at specified benchmarks throughout the school year. This diagnostic tool helps us determine if students are in need of greater academic support or enrichment. In our elementary schools we utilize the Fountas and Pinnell (F&P) Reading Assessment with students three-times annually to identify current reading levels to allow teachers to engage students with reading selections at their appropriate individual level of comprehension.
- Classroom Assessment
Classroom assessments are the most important assessments our students experience because these assessments are tools for learning. The research on the positive impact of high quality feedback on students learning is undeniable. Our teachers use assessments formatively (practice) to provide lots of specific feedback to students as they work toward important learning goals. Summative assessments (evaluation) are administered at the end of a period of learning for the purpose of reporting achievement and progress to students and parents. These assessments are tightly aligned with important standards that are the basis for reporting detailed information to parents using recently developed standards-based report cards.
By implementing this comprehensive assessment program, we monitor the academic progress of all students – and we are better prepared to respond when students are in need of assistance.
It is our goal to help each student reach his or her academic potential. Providing a unified curriculum, instructional program, and assessment system helps us to achieve this goal.
- Standardized Testing