Clarenceville School District is responsible for facilitating the administration of standardized assessments and promoting the effective use of assessment data within the district. National, State and Local assessments provide educators with measurable data of student performance on academic expectations. Such information can be used to evaluate student abilities, inform classroom instruction, and improve educational programs.
The purpose for the district’s assessment program is designed to achieving five goals:
The essential purpose of assessment is the improvement of student learning.
Assessments must provide a comprehensive picture of student achievement.
Assessments must measure student growth over time.
Assessments must be valid and reliable.
Assessment data must be responsibly and efficiently collected and managed.
The district’s comprehensive assessment program is an important set of tools used to monitor state, district, school, and student achievement.
Clarenceville School District assesses students under state and federal law. Students in grades 3-8 take various subject area tests in the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-Step). Students in grades 9 and 10 take the PSAT. The Michigan Merit Examination (MME) assesses students in grade 11 and eligible students in grade 12 based on Michigan high school standards. It is administered each spring, and consists of three components: College Board SAT, WorkKeys® job skills assessments in reading, mathematics, and "locating information", and the Michigan-developed Science and Social Studies M-STEP. Students whose Individual Educational Plans designate it, are assessed with the Mi-Access test. Students identified as English Language Learners (ELL) will additionally be given the WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment). Results of state tests are available in each school's annual report published each year on the district's website.
In addition to state mandated tests, Clarenceville School District administers norm-referenced standardized tests in grades K-12. These norm-referenced tests provide another snapshot of student performance in relation to students nationwide and help teachers adjust instruction.
Clarenceville School District is pleased to provide NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association) assessments for our students. NWEA assessments are national on-line computer-adaptive tests. Students typically take NWEA assessments three times each school year in Reading, Mathematics, Language, and Science. Tests are self-paced an most students complete one subject’s testing in 30-60 minutes. “Computer-Adaptive” means that each test is adjusted to each student as he or she is taking the test. Students who show they can do more challenging work are provided more advanced or challenging questions as they answer these questions correctly. Students who may struggle to answer questions at a particular level are provided questions at levels more appropriate to their ability. This adjusting up and down throughout the test allows the NWEA assessments to provide a customized picture of each individual student’s performance. Reports from these assessments are greatly beneficial to teachers whose classes often have a wide range of student performance levels and abilities. This customization is helpful to parents and students as well, as they can readily see where the student is performing, whether above, below, or at grade level.
NWEA provides a number of resources for educators to assist in interpreting student and class scores, and to provide guidance for each student’s next steps in learning. By assessing multiple time a year, year after year, a unique learning profile develops for each student. Teachers, parents, and students can use this information to celebrate successes, to identify next steps in coursework, and to set clear goals for student learning.
The resources below gave been gathered to help answer a number of questions regarding the NWEA assessments, especially those around administering the assessments and interpreting the results.