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Crownhill Elementary - Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 5
It takes more than a teacher to educate a child. It takes a school and all its resources, it takes families and community members — all united in the conviction, that as a society, our greatest responsibility is to level the educational field for every child...Principal Jill Carlson



Assessment — in multiple and diverse forms, formative and summative — is a central tenet of the instructional framework at Crownhill Elementary. Teachers are keenly aware of the data that emerges from ongoing formative assessments and use it as a lever to drive instructional practice every day. The organizing principles for Crownhill’s well-defined and well-designed assessment program derive from their application of the preventative strategies and interventions developed for the RTI model.

Ongoing. Predictive. Agile.
The instructional team gathers formative assessment data formally and informally. Students might write answers on digital slates (small white boards) in response to questions that assess readiness to learn the upcoming lesson. Or, they might complete an exit slip that evaluates the results of a particular learning activity.

Teachers conduct pre-unit tests and use universal screening tools able to assess student progress in a more structured way. (Universal screening is an assessment technique that uses quick, repeatable testing of age-appropriate skills.) At Crownhill Elementary, state-level summative assessments are a rich source of student performance data that informs program decisions for the following year.

Flexible, Responsive Decision Making
Each school year, the Bremerton School District develops a testing matrix that shapes many of the formal assessment activities at Crownhill. And, as a team, teachers create common assessments based on specific learning targets. In this way — on a regular, often daily basis — they can gauge student progress and make quick, effective adjustments to their instructional approach that address the needs of struggling students.

This table outlines the type and cycle of assessments that take place at Crownhill Elementary.

Type of Assessment Grade Lev Cycle/Practice

Easy CBM (Curriculum Based Measurement)


Universal screener shows growth in student learning and can assess gaps in program interventions.

Students use small digital white boards or slates to respond


Informal question-and-answer tests allow teachers to get a quick, overall feel for where students are relative to a concept they must learn.

Exit slip


End-of-lesson assessment that targets one or two questions. Teachers use this data for planning additional review and re-teaching, if necessary.

Unit tests


Applied at the end of a math unit to determine readiness to move on or the need for small-group re-teaching

Formal, summative assessments that occur at the end of each district reporting period


An effective way to assess student progress toward a standard and to adjust instruction, if necessary.

Data Director Assessment-Builder (teachers load data into an application that aggregates and disaggregates results)


Data analysis tool that helps teachers evaluate the effectiveness of their instructional programming and monitor student progress toward learning standards

Fact fluency


Progress monitoring tool that displays student growth relative to fact fluency.

We Can Make the Connection
The instructional staff at Crownhill rely on multiple assessments and data sources to monitor student learning and refine what they do in the classroom and in small-group settings. This ability to triangulate data, make skilled, actionable observations and integrate peer feedback maintains the dynamics of a fluid, agile instructional framework capable of responding to the diverse needs of the children they teach. The approach parallels a central focus of the Nine Characteristics of High-Performing Schools.

quote A steady cycle of different assessments identify students who need help. More support and instructional time are provided, either during the school day or outside normal school hours, to students who need more help. Teaching is adjusted based on frequent monitoring of student progress and needs. Assessment results are used to focus and improve instructional programs. quote

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