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Middle School Assessment Plan

 

agora a Agora Cyber Charter School

2019-2020 Middle School Assessment Plan

Assessment: Intended For: Type: Description: Purpose Use: Administered:
Classroom
Diagnostic Tool
(CDT)
Grades 6-8
All students; special
education students
based on IEP
Diagnostic CDTs provide a snapshot on why and how students may still be struggling or exceeding grade and/or course Eligible Content. To provide information that will help guide instruction by providing support to students
and teachers. The CDT reports are designed to provide a picture or snapshot of how students are performing in relation to PA
Assessment Anchors & Eligible content.
Fall, Winter
i-Ready Grades 6-8 students;
Special education students based on IEP
Diagnostic and Interim/
Benchmark
Adaptive assessment that analyzes student performance across the key domains in reading and mathematics for grade, providing a valid and reliable measure of student growth with detailed diagnostic results and provides a highly predictive benchmark. Data from the assessment will be used to create individualized next steps for instructional pathways in reading and math by pinpointing students’ strengths and areas for improvement with actionable information provided to teachers on what students should work on next. Baseline in fall (or upon enrollment),
then Every 4-6 weeks
 MobyMax  Grades 6-8 students;
Special education students based on IEP
 Diagnostic and
Interim/
Benchmark
 Skill Checker pinpoints missing skills quickly and precisely. Benchmarker accurately measures performance for all
standards within a grade level.
 Teachers can see a snapshot of student growth, assign lessons, and monitor student progress from within the Skill Checker. Easytouse reports track students’ progress toward mastery of grade-level standards from the beginning to the end of the school year.  Baseline in fall (or
upon enrollment), then Every 4-6 weeks
 Classroom
Formative
Assessments
 Grades 6-8 All
students
 Formative  These are quick checks for understanding that are built into the instruction such as polling questions, quiz managers, higherorder questioning techniques, thinkpairshares, exit tickets, etc.  The purpose is to analyze student work and understanding of concepts and skills, providing teacher real-time data to adjust
teaching and learning process.
 Daily
 Current Skills
Assessment
 Grades 7-8 Special
Education students
based on IEP
 Formative  Self-assessment of workplace, home, community, and independent living skills. Students list whether they have mastered the skill, can do the skill with help, or are unable/unaware of the skill.  Used to drive IEP transition planning and assist students in building missing workplace, home, community, and independent living skills  Annually
 Naviance Career Key and Cluster  Grades 6-8 all students; Grades 7-8 Special Education students based on IEP  Formative  Online assessments to discover Holland personality types, and potential career cluster based on interest and skills  Used to assist students in realistic career path based on strengths and interests and to drive IEP transition planning  Annually
 Easy CBM  Grades 6-8 special education students eligible for PASA exam  Interim/ Benchmark (Progress Monitoring)  Determines baseline for IEP goals and measures for progress monitoring of goals. Focuses on K-8 skills of early numeracy, early literacy, reading fluency, reading comprehension, vocabulary, numbers and operations, geometry, algebra, measurement, data analysis.  Monitor progress/regression of IEP goals for students in K-12 with severe cognitive disabilities that qualify for PASA as well as for special education student in grades 6-8. Data is analyzed quarterly by special education case manager and interventions implemented to improve progress.  Monthly
 Common Unit Assessments  Grades 6-8 All students; special education students based on IEP  Summative  Standards-aligned assessment, benchmarked to determine skills taught during a particular unit of study.  To assess shared learning across all classes, provide data to inform decisions related to instructional practice, identify areas for differentiated instruction, flexible grouping, possible strategies and interventions to implement, make necessary modifications to curriculum, and to close gaps in student understandings.  End of Unit
 PSSA PASA  Math Grades 6, 7, and 8 All students; special education students based on IEP

 

ELA Grades 6, 7, and 8 All students; special education students based on IEP

 

Science Grades 8 All students; special education students based on IEP

 Summative  The PSSA and PASA are standards-based, criterion-referenced assessments which provides students, parents, educators and citizens with an understanding of student and school performance related to the attainment of proficiency of the academic standards  The PSSA and PASA state assessments can be used to assist teachers in identifying students who may be in need of additional educational opportunities, and school scores provide information to schools and districts for curriculum and instruction improvement discussions and planning.  Spring