• pencil and notepad    ASSESSMENT INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    TYPES OF ASSESSMENTS GIVEN
     
     TYPE
     DEFINITION/PURPOSE EXAMPLES
     Diagnostic Assessments

    A variety of assessment tasks that are used to determine students' level of knowledge, skills, and understandings at the beginning of a course, grade level, unit and/or lesson. These tests allow the instructor to adjust the curriculum to meet the needs of the students. 

    -Classroom Diagnostic Tools (grades 3-12)
    -Pre-tests
    -KWL charts
    -Surveys 
    -Journals
     Formative Assessments
     Formal and informal assessments that are used throughout a unit or course of study to monitor student progress so that teachers can adjust their instructional practices to meet the needs of their students.
    -Recognizing Student Achievement (RSA-grades 1-5)
    -Exit Tickets
    -Questioning
    -Conferencing
    -Rubrics
    -Observations
     Benchmark Assessments
    Evaluations of student learning progress used to determine whether the students are on track to performing well on future assessments.
    -Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS Next)
    -Easy Curriculum Based Measures (easyCBM)
    -English Language Arts Reading Assessment (ELA Reading)
     Summative Assessments
     Formal assessments used to measure what students have learned at the end of a defined period of instruction.
    -Pennsylvania System for School Assessment (PSSA-grades 3-8)
    -Keystone (grades 9-12 and select 7th and 8th grade students)
    -Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC Essay- grades 6-12)
    -English Language Arts Writing Assessment (ELA Writing)
    -Math Unit Assessments
    -Science Module Assessments
     
     
     
    RESOURCES
     
     
     
     
    SPECIFIC TEST RELATED DOCUMENTS
     ASSESSMENT NAME 
     LINKS
     Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA)
    PSSA Student Report Guide
     Keystone Assessments
     
     
     
     Classroom Diagnostic Tools (CDT)
    CDT Parent Guide