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Garfield Elementary, Spokane, PK-6
Garfield Elementary is a community school, your community school . . Principal Clint Price

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Assessment

Two assessment walls — literacy and mathematics — give teachers a detailed visual of the progress each child makes over time. As students learn and then complete formative and summative assessments, teachers map the results on each wall with brightly colored “tickets” to provide a ready guide for the ways in which they must adjust their instructional strategies to meet the needs of different learners.

The Spokane School District advocates Data Driven Dialogue as a technique that makes it possible to modify instructional strategies by leveraging assessment data. Together, principals, instructional coaches and teachers review test results, predict the next results, review again, and pin-point triangulating data that reveals where a student is strong or struggling in math and reading. At the highest level, the district assessment system looks like this:

Formative Assessments — Assessments for learning

  • District developed – about every 3 weeks
  • Intentional classroom practice: What did my students learn today and how do I know? What misconceptions might they have? What can I do about that “in the moment”?

Summative Assessments — Assessments of learning

  • End of Unit Assessments
  • Trimester assessments in math, reading and writing

Math Assessment System

Student Group

Cycle

MSP (Measurement of Student Progress)/mathematics

Grades 3-6

Once per SY

MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) test

All grade 6 students
Grades 3-6 students with IEPs

3 times per school year

SASL (Spokane Assessment of Student Learning)

Grades 2-6
Grades 1-6

3 times per school year
3 times per school year

End of unit assessments

Grades 1-6

8 or 9 throughout the school year

Common grade level formative assessments supplied by the district

K-6

Ongoing

6/9 grids

K-6

Every day

Daily qualitative (anecdotal) feedback

K-6

Every day

 

Reading Assessment System

Student Group

Cycle

MSP (Measurement of Student Progress)/reading

Grades 3-6

Once per school year

MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) test

All grade 6 students
Grades 3-6 students with IEPs

3 times per school year

Trimester reading assessments

Grade 2
Grades 3-6

1 time per school year
3 times per school year

District Common Unit Assessments

 

8 or 9 throughout the school year

Pearson’s DRA2

K-6

3 times per school year (at standard)

One-day writings

Grades 1-6

Primary — 2 times per school year
Intermediate — 3 times per school

Running Records to evaluate reading skills and comprehension

K-2

Ongoing

Richard Gentry’s MONSTER test (brief developmental spelling test)

K-2

 

10 minute write and dictation

Students at DRA 8 and below

3 times per year

KOLLA (Kindergarten Oral Language and Literacy Assessment), WA Kids

Kindergarten

3 times per year

Daily qualitative (anecdotal) feedback

K-6

Daily

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