Fort Wayne Community Schools - Assessment System

Fort Wayne Community School district utilizes a balanced assessment system to evaluate student progress and to improve student learning.  These assessments consist of summative and formative assessments and include 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 achievement, curriculum strengths, and program effectiveness.  Teachers use data from these assessments to identify instructional needs of students in order to differentiate instruction and administrators use data to identify areas of need for professional learning.  Fort Wayne Community Schools is committed to continuously using student data to drive curricular, instructional and programming decisions.

The key components of the Fort Wayne Community School assessment system include:

Assessment Overview 2020-2021

ACT (American College Testing)

  • The ACT is a standardized test used for college admissions in the United States and is currently administered by ACT, a nonprofit organization of the same name.
  • The ACT test covers four academic skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science reasoning. 
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CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test)

  • This test measures students’ learned reasoning abilities in the three areas most linked to academic potential in school: Verbal, Quantitative, and Nonverbal. Data gained from this assessment will be used as a screener to indicate if further testing is needed to determine a high ability identification.
  • Screened in grades K, 2, & 5 and to select 8th grade students online.
  • Full Battery administered to students who score in the 88th percentile or higher on local norms on the screener. 

Teacher and StudentDYSLEXIA Screening

  • All students in grades kindergarten through second grade are required to be screened for dyslexia IC 20-35.5, et seq., as created by Indiana Senate Enrolled Act 217 (2018) each school year.
  • Early identification of students “at some risk” or “at risk” for dyslexia is critical for the development of early and appropriate interventions to support the student before they begin to fall behind their peers.
  • The universal screener is an assessment for understanding students’ literacy performance and is administered throughout the school year, both strengths and areas of concern.
  • Universal screeners are used for the initial screening of students, and shall include the following, as determined to be developmentally appropriate, for each student:
    • Phonological and phonemic awareness
    • Sound symbol recognition
    • Alphabet knowledge
    • Decoding skills
    • Rapid naming, and
    • Encoding skills

 Iowa Basic Skills Achievement Test

  • This test provides an achievement pathway to high ability identification for students that have not been previously identified, that require additional data to determine student’s needs.
  • Administered once a year to students identified by CogAT and SIGS data.

I AM (Indiana’s Alternate Measure)

  • I AM measures student achievement and growth according to Indiana’s Content Connectors aligned to the Indiana Academic Standards. I AM is the summative accountability assessment for students with significant cognitive disabilities in grades 3-8 and 10. It assesses:
    • English/Language Arts (Grades 3-8 and 10)
    • Mathematics (Grades 3-8 and 10)
    • Science (Grades 4, 6, and Biology)
    • Social Studies (Grade 5)Wayne and Miami Students

ILEARN (Indiana’s Learning Evaluation Assessment Readiness Network)

  • ILEARN is Indiana’s new online computer adaptive assessment designed to measure your child’s proficiency of the Indiana Academic Standards in Grades 3–8, Biology and U.S. Government. ILEARN fulfills both state and federal legislative requirements as the accountability assessment for Indiana students and is the summative accountability assessment for Indiana students. It is given in the spring and assesses:
    • English/Language Arts (Grades 3-8)
    • Mathematics (Grades 3-8)
    • Science (Grades 4 and 6)
    • Social Studies (Grade 5)
    • Biology ECA (High School)

IREAD-3 (Indiana Reading Evaluation and Determination)

  • IREAD-3 is a summative assessment that measures foundational reading standards through grade 3. It was 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 online to students in grade 3. Students who do not pass are given an opportunity to retest after participating in remediation.

 ISPROUT (Indiana Student Performance Readiness and Observation of Understanding Tool)

  • ISPROUT is utilized to measure skills in children from infancy to kindergarten. ISPROUT is aligned to the Indiana Early Learning Foundations and includes:
    • Social and Emotional Skills
    • English/Language Arts
    • Mathematics
    • Physical Development
    • Science
    • Social Studies
  • These concepts are reported in three categories: social/emotional, knowledge and skills, and independence/motor coordination.
  • ISPROUT will be utilized for Indiana students in Pre-K and will be tested quarterly.

 ISTEP+ Grade 10 (Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus)

  • ISTEP+ is a standardized test that is mandated by the State of Indiana for grade 10 and tests English/Language Arts and Math skills. 
  • This test will be replaced by an assessment that is college and career focused.

 NWEA (The Northwest Evaluation Association)

  • NWEA also known as MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) Growth testing is an evaluation test to see where a student is academically. This tool is used to represent academic growth in Language Arts, Reading, Math, and Science and uses a "RIT Scale" to determine kindergarten through 12th grade levels.
  • MAP Growth measures what students know, regardless of their grade level. It also measures growth over time, allowing you to track your student’s progress throughout the school year and across multiple years.
  • NWEA will be given a minimum of three times during the school year at the beginning, middle and end. Teachers can use the scores to inform instruction, personalize learning, and monitor the growth of individual students. Principals and administrators can use the scores to see the performance and progress of a grade level, school, or the entire district.

 PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test)/NMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test)

  • The PSAT is an exam given to high school sophomores and juniors to help them prepare for the SAT. It is administered by the College Board and co-sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation in the United States. 
  • Administered one time in October of each school year.
  • The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and college scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year, and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements. Program entrants must take the test in the specified year of the high school program. The 2019 PSAT/NMSQT is the qualifying test for entry to the 2021 program. Most entrants will complete high school and enroll in college in 2021.
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SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test)

  • The SAT is a standardized test used for college admissions, is published by the College Board, and administered on behalf of the College Board by the Educational Testing Service.
  • The test is intended to assess students’ readiness for college. It is a globally available test accepted by all U.S. and many international colleges and universities. 
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 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, and writing. 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 ELL students in grades K (paper/pencil) and 1-12 (online).
  • Students no longer take WIDA ACCESS when they obtain an overall Level 5 (fluent).