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assessments

Students at ICS participate in several forms of assessments, including both classroom and standardized assessments to ensure students are growing academically and determine goals for school improvement.  Quality assessments provide accurate information that is used to support individual student learning.  At ICS, a balanced approach to assessment helps monitor student growth, improve instructional practices, and make informed decisions about curriculum and programs.  Our assessment system includes formative and summative classroom assessments and standardized assessments. 

Classroom Summative Assessments

Students are periodically given classroom assessments for each subject area throughout the school year.  At the end of each unit of study, students are asked to demonstrate understanding of grade level Learning Targets.  Classroom summative assessments are developed to be rigorous, engaging, and accessible to all learners with a focus on deep understanding of concepts, proficiency with key skills, and ability to solve complex problems.  These on-going assessments allow teachers to determine each student’s progress toward learning outcomes and make informed decisions that connect the assessment to responsive teaching.

Classroom Summative Assessments
Content Area Assessment Grade Level Program Descriptions Resources
MATH Bridges in Mathematics  4K-5 Bridges in Mathematics is a comprehensive PK–5 curriculum that fully implements the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics in a manner that blends direct instruction, structured investigation, and open exploration.   Bridges Family Support
Connected Mathematics Project (CMP) 6-8 Connected Mathematics Project (CMP) is a math curriculum for students in grades 6–8 that uses interactive problems and everyday situations to explore mathematical ideas with a goal of fostering a problem-centered, inquiry-based learning environment.   CMP Family Guide
LITERACY Fountas and Pinnell K-6 Fountas and Pinnell Reading Assessments are used to help determine students’ independent and instructional reading levels. These on-going assessments allow teachers to observe reading behaviors, make informed decisions that connect the assessment to responsive teaching, and allow for engaged conversations around literacy.   Parent Resources on Literacy

Standardized Assessments

At ICS, we are dedicated to continuous improvement and meeting the learning needs of all of our students.  One source we use to reflect on our strengths and identify areas for improvement is the results of standardized assessments.  These assessment scores are most meaningful when staff, parents, and students understand what the assessment measures and what the scores mean. 

Standardized Assessments
Assessment Grade Level 2019-2020
Assessment Calendar
Assessment Descriptions Resources
Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) K-8

Fall
9/16-10/18

Winter
1/13-1/30

Spring
4/20-5/15

MAP is administered as a universal screening tool that provides a RIT score for students in reading and math.  RIT scores are equal interval measures that allow us to monitor student progress in both achievement and growth within a school year as well as from one grade level to the next.   MAP Parent Letter

 


FAQ on MAP Assessment

Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) K-1

Fall
9/30-10/14

Winter
1/6-1/27

Spring
4/27-5/11

PALS is an early literacy screening tool that provides valuable information necessary to improve the reading skills of students.  PALS is designed to ensure students who are in need of additional support are identified early on. PALS Parent Letter

 

FAQ on PALS Assessment 

Fountas and Pinnell 

Benchmark Assessments

K-8

Fall
9/4-10/7

Winter
1/6-1/27

Spring
4/14-5/11

Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment is used to assess all students to determine independent and instructional levels in literacy.  Resources in the classroom are aligned to each individual student’s readiness.   Literacy Assessment Information for Families

If you have questions about this information, please ask your child’s teacher, school administration, or the Data Assessment Coordinator, Heidi Aigner-Bailey by phone at 414-525-6138 or by email at haigner@ics-edu.org.