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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.