District Assessment Program
In order to provide a well-balanced view of students’ individual growth, the district uses multiple measures to assess student progress toward specific learning goals, analyze student areas of strength and challenge, and make powerful teaching decisions. To this end, teachers use a variety of formal and informal assessment techniques on a continuous basis. This ongoing authentic assessment provides a comprehensive portrait of a students' academic development. Teachers use this assessment data to determine their students' overall performance during the course of a marking period, which translates into a grade (or stage of development in the primary grades). Developmental Progress Reports/Report Cards and Parent Teacher Conferences are the main vehicles used to formally document progress made throughout the school year. Additional informal parent-teacher communication occurs throughout the school year on a regular basis.
2016 – 2017 School Year
First Trimester: September 6, 2016 – December 8, 2016
Second Trimester: December 9, 2016 – March 16, 2017
Third Trimester: March 17, 2017 – June 19, 2017
Quint Dates for Middle School Related Arts
PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES
November 7, 8 & 9
March 8 & 9
Standardized assessments are an additional tool used to measure students’ level of performance. These assessments include:
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a consortium of states that developed assessments to measure student achievement in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics based on the learning standards contained in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for grades 3-8 and high school. These new state mandated 21st Century assessments are computer-based to make use of innovative technology. The PARCC test is administered annually. Click here for winter 2016 parent presentation.
Individual Student Reports (ISR) are published annually in September. See links below for web resources to assist parents with understanding these state reports:
Additional parent resources for PARCC:
The New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJASK) is a state-mandated annual assessment administered to all students in grades 4 & 8. Assessments are designed to evaluate student proficiency in meeting the NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards in the area of Science.
Cognitive Abilities Tests (CogATs)
The Cognitive Abilities Tests are nationally-normed assessments administered in grade 3, 5, and 7 annually. These tests measure student aptitude in areas of verbal, quantitative and spatial reasoning.
The SAGES-2 (Screening Assessment for Gifted Elementary and Middle School Students-Second Edition) is a group-administered assessment used to identify students who should be formally screened for eligibility in the district's Tier III Gifted and Talented program. This assessment is administered to all sixth grade students in the fall and all second grade students typically in March. The SAGES-2 consists of three subtests: Mathematics/Science, Language Arts/Social Studies, and Reasoning. The items on the subtests are presented in either a multiple choice or analogy format.
For the 2016-2017 Assessment Schedule click here.
The full district assessment program can be viewed here.
Last Modified on September 15, 2016