CCSD21 believes that the primary purpose of assessment is for educators, parents and students to better understand the student’s academic strengths and areas of focus. Teachers use assessment results to guide instruction, designing lessons and selecting strategies that build on students’ strengths and challenge students to higher levels of academic achievement. Parents and students use the information to reflect on progress and to set learning goals.
At the same time, School District 21 recognizes that large-scale assessments can provide useful information about strengths and areas of improvement at the school and district level. This data is used to analyze the attainment of our district’s PLC Goals for Student Achievement in Reading and Mathematics. This information is then used to create school and district improvement plans.
In School District 21, our cohesive student assessment plan includes:
- State mandated testing, such as PARCC, DLM, ACCESS for ELLs, KIDS (for kindergarten), COR Advantage (for Pre-K)
- District-wide assessments, such as the Northwest Evaluation Association’s Measures of Academic Progress (MAP), Aprenda, and the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA2)
- Common grade-level and school assessments in Reading, Mathematics, and Writing as well as in other areas of learning
- Informal classroom assessments that can be quickly scored and analyzed to make up-to-the-minute adjustments to classroom instruction.