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Tuesday, September 10, 2019 9:45 AM

Assessments and Testing - Assessing student learning is a regular and ongoing part of ensuring that students are making progress toward their learning goals.  Below is a description of the types of assessments that we use to make instructional decisions throughout the school year.  For more information on assessments and the MPS assessment calendar please refer to the MPS Assessment Overview  Click here for more information.
  • Screener assessment - Screener assessments assess students' broad skills in reading, math, and other content areas.  The FAST Bridge that we are using this year in place of the MAP test and the CogAT test are example of screener assessments.
  • Diagnostic assessment - The purpose of diagnostic assessments are to assess what the student already knows and determine the difficulties that the student might have in order to help the teachers plan for instruction that will allow all students to access new learning.  Examples of diagnostic assessments include the unit pre-tests, Fountas and Pinnell assessments in reading, Concepts of Math in kindergarten and 1st grade, and Conceptual Place Value assessments for math.
  • Formative assessment - The purpose of formative assessments are to provide teachers and students with feedback to inform instructional next steps.  Some examples of formative assessments that we use at Burroughs are unit/chapter tests, exit tickets, response journals, quizzes, etc.
  • Summative assessment - Summative assessments are an opportunity for students to demonstrate what they have learned in relation to specific learning criteria.   The MCA, Benchmark Interim Tests, and Singapore End of Chapter/Unit assessments are examples of some of the summative assessments we use here at Burroughs.