Our schools use a variety of tools to measure and determine students’ academic growth and proficiency of grade-level standards. These tools range from informal assessments observed during classroom activities to formal, mandated assessments such as the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA). Educators can use these assessments to identify the needs of the students and adjust instructional strategies to meet the needs of their students and encourage individualized academic growth.
To monitor the progress students are making academically, teachers in Mahtomedi School District are encouraged to help students answer three questions: Where am I going? Where am I now? and How can I close the gap? through the Seven Strategies of Assessment for Learning (Chappuis, J., Seven Strategies of Assessment for Learning. Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 2009). These strategies include:
Our assessment calendar informs you of the testing windows or specific assessment dates for district-wide or school-wide testing. There are three main assessment "seasons": Fall (September-October), Winter (December- February), and Spring (March-May). District assessments such as the NWEA - Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) are used to monitor student growth throughout an academic year and from year to year. The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) are required for all students in Minnesota and help districts to determine the degree to which our teaching and learning aligns with Minnesota State Standards.
Students with disabilities may qualify for accommodations for a variety of assessments including college entrance exams such as the ACT. For details, talk to your school's testing coordinator or visit: www.act.org;
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