Assessment Policy

Purpose of an Assessment Policy

• To promote meaningful reporting to students, parents and guardians about student progress and learning.
• To improve instructional practices and increase student achievement.
• To enable students numerous opportunities to reflect on their own learning.

School Grade

Each year our school is evaluated by the State of Florida and assigned a school grade. The last eleven years our school has continued to maintain a grade of A. The grade is based on three factors:

1. Percentage of students meeting high standards (FCAT Level 3 and above ) in reading, math, science, and writing,

2. Percentage of students making learning gains in reading and math, and

3. Adequate progress of the lowest 25% in the school.

Student School-wide Assessment

• MYP – Each of the eight subject areas will use MYP objectives with their MYP units, and students will be assessed using the criteria and rubrics. Each criterion will be assessed at least twice so that an MYP grade can be assigned. At this time the faculty is in the process of modifying the rubrics to make them age-appropriate. Teachers are using formative and summative assessment tasks. Departments are also defining the assessment tasks for each criterion using the IBO prescribed minimum tasks as a guideline.

• FCAT – state test; reading and math for grades 6 – 8; science and writing for grade 8 only; achievement levels of 1 – 5; administered every spring; analyze test data on county-wide data day resulting in a tailored curriculum and the development of strategies for our School Improvement Plan each year; performance on these tests determine placement in some academic classes.

• Readistep – countywide; administered to 8th graders in the fall; is considered a Pre-PSAT; any student who didn’t take it in the fall will be given this assessment in spring; this is one of the tools used for entrance into our county’s IB diploma programs.

• Writing tests – countywide; given to students three times each year in grades 6, 7 & 8. Students respond in writing to a persuasive prompt and to an expository prompt. Their writing is graded holistically using the same grading system that is used to score the 8th grade FCAT writing test.

• Subject-Area Exams – county-wide exams administered to students in high school credit courses (Honors Spanish, Honors Algebra) at the end of each year; used to determine if students earn high school credit for the course they took in middle school – their semester grades must be an 80% or higher, and for Spanish, this exam is also averaged into their semester grade as 30% of their grade – in algebra an additional criteria will be added in the 2012-2013 school year. At that time, students will not get credit for the course if they fail the end of course exam…even if their class grade is passing.

Purpose of Assessment

1. Identify students’ strengths, weaknesses, and learning styles in relation to the MYP skills, knowledge and attitudes.
2. Help students evaluate their own learning and understanding.
3. Identify what has been learned or what students are in the progress of learning.
4. Provide teachers, students, and parents with feedback on students’ progress and learning.
5. Help teachers develop effective teaching units using a variety of strategies to meet the needs of the learners.
6. Record student’s level of mastery.

Recording

• All teachers have created and use MYP units, and many have begun modifying the IB rubrics for their subject area.

• The school district is currently working with Global Scholar to create an assessment recording system that will enable us to easily record student progress and achievement on the various MYP subject-specific criterions. The program will be web-based and work alongside our current online gradebook, Pinnacle. Global Scholar will allow teachers to track student progress on MYP assessments and assist teachers in calculating students’ final achievement level of 1 – 7 in each MYP subject.

Types of Assessment

Diagnostic

• Pre-test
• KWL
• A-Z Lists
• Anticipation Guide
• Informal Playing Tests
• STAR Test
• TeenBiz Level Set Test Formative

Formative

• Observation
• Quiz
• Inquiry
• Open ended task
• Homework/practice
• Cooperative learning
• Self and peer assessment
• Reflection
• Journal Writing
• Graphic organizers
• Charts
• Practice Tests
• Worksheets
• TeenBiz
• Review Summative

Summative

• Essay
• Lab report
• Oral Presentation
• Diorama
• Performance
• MYP prescribed minimum task (per subject)
• Cumulative exam
• Technology based project such as brochures, flyers, posters, magazines
• Hand created project
• Short Stories
• Music Compositions
• Playing Tests (music)
• Journal writing