Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) is a dynamic, computer-based test used twice a
year to assess K - 11th grade students in reading, math, and language arts. Results
are used to ensure that students are on grade level in core subjects, to measure
the growth of individuals and groups of students, and to inform instructional goals.
The reading of all K - 6th grade and secondary EFL students is evaluated quarterly
using the Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System. Students read a variety
of short texts one-on-one with a specialist, and verbally answer questions about
each book. Both accuracy and comprehension are taken into consideration to assign
students reading levels from A-Z. Assessment results are used to match readers with
texts at appropriate levels for independent and guided reading, to provide teachers
with recommendations regarding instruction, and to monitor students’ development over
time. Assessment-informed instruction allows teachers to support the literacy
learning of our diverse community.
The SAT is a standardized test that colleges use to evaluate applicants.
Over two million students take the SAT every year and it is used by nearly
every college in America for evaluating a student’s college preparedness.
It is designed to measure a student’s ability to understand and process
elements in three subjects: reading, writing, and math. SAT scores are
calculated based on a student’s performance relative to other test-takers,
and have proven to be an indicator of collegiate success.
AP Examinations are administered each year in May and represent the culmination
of college-level work in a given discipline in a secondary school setting, which
tests students' ability to perform at college level. Each exam contains a
free-response section (either essay or problem solving) and multiple-choice
questions. The only subject that does not follow this format is AP Studio Art,
which is a portfolio assessment. The world language exams also have a speaking
component, and the AP Music Theory Exam includes a sight-singing task. Students
who perform well can receive course credit and/or advanced standing at thousands
of universities worldwide.
The WIDA MODEL (Measure of Developing English Language) is a series of English
language proficiency assessments for Kindergarten through Grade 12. We use WIDA
as an identification/placement assessment for newly enrolled, non-native English
speaking students and for in-program progress monitoring. This test covers a
variety of subject areas including Social & Instructional Language, Language Arts,
Math, Science, and Social Studies.