FWCS - Elementary & Secondary Assessment System 2016-2017

FWCS - Elementary & Secondary Assessment System 2016-2017

The Assessment System is a collection of assessments aligned to FWCS and Indiana academic standards in reading/language arts and mathematics and includes assessments at the district, state, and national level. Designed as a critical component of a strong instructional program, the assessments are used to measure student learning and to identify student, class, school, and district strengths and weaknesses. Results of the assessments are used to modify instruction as necessary. Conscientious use of the Assessment System will lead to an alignment of the written, taught, and tested curricula which will result in improved student learning. Key components of the assessment system include:

Elementary Assessment Overview (K - 5) 2016-17

DIBELS Next (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills)

  • DIBELS Next measures are brief, powerful indicators of foundational early literacy skills that indicate if a student is on track for reading success. The measures are quick and efficient to administer and score, serve as universal screening (or benchmark assessment) and progress monitoring, identify students in need of intervention support, evaluate the effectiveness of interventions, and support the RtI/Multi-tiered model.
  • Administered twice a year in grades K-5 using a hand-held device.
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DIBELS AD (Accountability Decisions)

  • DIBELS AD measures the same indicators of early literacy as DIBELS Next and is also administered using a hand-held device. However, DIBELS AD replaces DIBELS Next End-of-Year by using secure prompts and passages, and by requiring an alternate assessor (a certified teacher other than the teacher of record) to administer the assessment.
  • Administered at the end of the year in grades K-5 using a hand-held device.

TRC (Textual Reading Comprehension)

  • Amplify Atlas kits are the materials used to provide the Text and Reading Comprehension (TRC) assessment, a more in-depth diagnostic assessment that is administered with the DIBELS Next. The assessment is used to help guide student reading instruction throughout the school year. This program evaluates comprehension of text.
  • Administered three times a year in grades K-3 using a hand-held device and leveled books.

mCLASS Math

  • mCLASS math is a short assessment used to evaluate student progress using both curriculum-based measures and diagnostic interviews to assess student’s conceptual and expressive understanding of key mathematical concepts.
  • Administered three times a year in grades K-2 using a hand-held device and paper pencil.
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SRI (Scholastic Reading Inventory)

  • The SRI is a computer-based reading assessment and progress monitoring tool that takes approximately 30-45 minutes to administer. Results from the SRI provide information for determining reading level (Lexile), comprehension, and instructional needs.
  • Administered three times a year in grades 4 & 5; additional assessment opportunities may be given upon teacher discretion throughout the year, but not more frequently than eight weeks.

CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test)

  • This test measures students’ learned reasoning abilities in the three areas most linked to academic success in school: Verbal, Quantitative, and Nonverbal. Data gained from this assessment will primarily be used as a screener to determine high-ability students.
  • Screener administered once year in grades K, 2, & 5.
  • Full Battery administered once a year to students as determined by scores on screener.
  • Screener and Full Battery administered online.

Iowa Basic Skills Achievement Test

  • This test provides an achievement pathway to high ability identification for students that have not been previously identified, but have been close to identification requirements.
  • Administered once a year to student identified by previous CogAT and SIGS data.

ISTEP+ (Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress Plus)

  • ISTEP+ is a standardized test that is mandated by the State of Indiana for all students in grades 3-5 and tests English/Language Arts and Math skills.
  • Science is also tested in 4th grade, and Social Studies is tested in grade 5. The test measures student achievement in the above subject areas according to the College and Career Ready Indiana Academic Standards.
  • Administered two times a year online and/or paper-and-pencil.
    • February/March test (ONLINE): open-ended items
    • April/May test (ONLINE): multiple-choice and technology enhanced items
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IREAD-3 (Indiana Reading Evaluation and Determination)

  • IREAD-3 is a summative assessment that measures foundational reading standards through grade 3. Developed as a result of House Enrolled Act 1367, or Public Law 109, in 2010 which "requires the evaluation of reading skills for students who are in grade three beginning in the Spring of 2012 to ensure that all students can read proficiently before moving on to grade four."
  • Administered once a year in March to students in grade 3, online. Students who do not pass are given an opportunity to retest online in the summer after participating in remediation.

ISTAR (Indiana Standards Tool for Alternate Reporting)

  • The purpose of an alternate assessment is to measure student achievement in the subject areas of English/Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics for grades 3-5, Science (Grades 4), Social Studies (Grades 5) based on alternate academic achievement standards. Students who perform significantly below grade-level may have personal learning goals that cannot be adequately measured with a grade-level standardized test. The Case Conference Committee determines, based on the eligibility criteria adopted by the Indiana State Board of Education and the student's individual and unique needs, whether a student with a disability will be assessed on the alternate assessment. Therefore the student's goals and objectives are generally prerequisites to grade-level academics or are highly individualized extensions to the standards. (Taken from the IDOE Student of Assessment Website: http://www.doe.in.gov/assessment/alternate-assessments)
  • Administered online in three separate windows.
    • ISTAR Part 1(October/November)
    • ISTAR Part 2 (January/February)
    • ISTAR Part 3 (April/May)

WIDA ACCESS (World-class Instructional Design and Assessment Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State)

  • This comprehensive English proficiency test measures students’ annual growth in the English language domains of listening, speaking, reading, writing, and comprehension. Data gained from this assessment will measure progress from students’ previous proficiency level and identify those who qualify for formal exit from the ELL program.
  • Administered once a year to LEP students in grades K (paper/pencil) and 1-5, online.
  • Students no longer take WIDA ACCESS when they obtain an overall Level 5 (fluent).

Secondary Assessment Overview (Grades 6 - 12) 2016-17

SRI (Scholastic Reading Inventory)

  • The SRI is a computer-based reading assessment and progress monitoring tool that takes approximately 30-45 minutes to administer. Results from the SRI provide information for determining reading level (Lexile), comprehension, and instructional needs.
  • Administered three times a year in grades 6-10; additional assessment opportunities may be given upon teacher discretion throughout the year, but not more frequently than eight weeks.

WIDA ACCESS (World-class Instructional Design and Assessment Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State)

  • This comprehensive English proficiency test measures students’ annual growth in the English language domains of listening, speaking, reading, writing, and comprehension. Data gained from this assessment will measure progress from students' previous proficiency level and identify those who qualify for formal exit from the ELL program.
  • Administered once a year to LEP students in grades 6-12, online
  • Students no longer take WIDA ACCESS when they obtain an overall Level 5 (fluent).

CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test)

  • This test measures students’ learned reasoning abilities in the three areas most linked to academic success in school: Verbal, Quantitative, and Nonverbal. Data gained from this assessment will primarily be used as a screener to determine high-ability students.
  • Screener administered once year to select 8th grade students
  • Full Battery administered once a year to students as determined by scores on screener, and/or to students as requested by parent, teacher, or administrator.
  • Screener and Full Battery administered online.

Iowa Basic Skills Achievement Test

  • This test provides an achievement pathway to high ability identification for students that have not been previously identified, but have been close to identification requirements.
  • Administered once a year to student identified by previous CogAt and SIGS data.

ACCUPLACER

  • ACCUPLACER is an online assessment given to high school students who did not pass the Graduation Qualifying Exam and/or had low scores on the PSAT. It is used to identify weak or missing skills and aid remediation of those skills.

ISTEP+ (Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress Plus)

  • ISTEP+ is a standardized test that is mandated by the State of Indiana for all students in grades 6-8 and grade 10, and tests English/Language Arts and Math skills. Science is also tested in 6th and 10th grade, and Social Studies is tested in grade 7. The test measures student achievement in the above subject areas according to the Indiana Academic Standards.
  • High school students in grade 10 during the school year will take the ISTEP+ 10 exam in the spring, and it will count towards their Graduation Qualifying Exam (GQE) and school accountability.
  • Administered two times a year online
    • February/March test (ONLINE): open-ended items
    • April/May test (ONLINE): multiple-choice items and technology enhanced items

ISTEP+ ECAs (End of Course Assessments)

  • ISTEP+ ECAs are standardized tests mandated by the State of Indiana for all students completing instruction in Algebra I or English 10. Passing the Algebra I and English 10 ECA tests (or qualifying for a waiver) will meet the graduation testing or Graduation Qualifying Exam (GQE) requirement for students in Cohorts 2018 and 2017. The ISTEP+ ECA only counts as the GQE for students in grade 11 and 12 during the 16-17 school year.
  • Administered two times a year online and/or paper-and-pencil.
  • Early Winter: Spring: Algebra I & English 10 Retest Algebra I Retest and English 10 Retest

ISTAR (Indiana Standards Tool for Alternate Reporting)

  • The purpose of an alternate assessment is to measure student achievement in the subject areas of English/Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics for grades 6-8 and 10, Science (Grades 6 and 10), Social Studies (Grade 7) based on alternate academic achievement standards. Students who perform significantly below grade-level may have personal learning goals that cannot be adequately measured with a grade-level standardized test. The Case Conference Committee determines, based on the eligibility criteria adopted by the Indiana State Board of Education and the student's individual and unique needs, whether a student with a disability will be assessed on the alternate assessment. Therefore the student's goals and objectives are generally prerequisites to grade-level academics or are highly individualized extensions to the standards. (Taken from the IDOE Student of Assessment Website: http://www.doe.in.gov/assessment/alternate-assessments)
  • Administered online in three separate windows
    • ISTAR Part 1(October/November)
    • ISTAR Part 2 (January/February)
    • ISTAR Part 3 (April/May)