HOW CAN WE USE ASSESSMENT DATA?

 

In all schools, we have established opportunities for our faculties to meet regularly in study groups to look at students’ data and work together.  VUHS and ACS meet monthly in study groups or grade level teams to review students’ progress and learn new instructional strategies. Data Teams meet regularly at FCS and VUES with the purpose of reviewing progress and determining next steps for instruction.  Trained teacher leaders facilitate their groups with the support of their principals.  The ANWSU teacher leaders are a key resource in allowing us to tap into the strong expertise of our own teachers in improving our schools’ programs.

 

Other Assessment Data

 

As we grow in our understanding of the stories data can tell us, we continue to expand on our consistency within the district and on the types of data we can collect and review. 

In order to promote consistency within our three elementary schools, we are in the third year of using common ANWSU Literacy Assessments Calendars. These calendars specifically outline what assessments are to be given and when they are to be administered. ANWSU Schoolwide Literacy Teacher Leaders have provided the necessary professional development and support in order for teachers to administer these assessments effectively.

We are now in our fourth year of collecting data from our most recent reading screening assessment, the Gates MacGinitie.  This assessment was first administered as a screening tool in fall 2008.  Currently the assessment is given in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 10.  During the fall of 2011, students in grades 3-6 and 7 took the Gates MacGinitie assessment. The chart below highlights ANWSU students in grades 3-6 that fell within the 5th Stanine or Above indicating proficiency in reading vocabulary and comprehension skills

Grade

Number of Students

VOCABULARY
At or Above the 5th Stanine

COMPREHENSION
At or Above the 5th Stanine

    3

86

48%

48%

4

73

75%

77%

5

95

68%

69%

6

76

78%

69%

 

 

 

 





 

FALL 2011 GRADE 7 RESULTS

Note: Grades 8 and 10 are administered this assessment during the spring. Grade 7 is administered this assessment in both fall and spring.  Grades 3-6 spring administration is optional.

In the 2010-2011 school year we assessed all first graders in the district at the end of the year using the Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment. ANWSU's  target for the end of first grade is a text level I (refers to the level of difficulty of the text). On the assessment, students are expected to read leveled books accurately, fluently and with appropriate comprehension. In the Spring of 2011, two of our three elementary schools had 86% of the first grade students performing at or above the expectation and the third elementary school reached 90%. Performance on this measure is used by teachers to inform instruction and determine any necessary interventions. It is also a valuable tool for reporting to parents. The district will continue to use this valuable assessment as a means of measuring student progress and program effectiveness.

We are also in the process of developing more comprehensive local assessments for math.  As each assessment is implemented, we will begin the process of integrating the assessment into our comprehensive analysis of the data.

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