Assessment

District Assessment Performance

Tests…Tests…Tests!

When I was a student the word “test,” would make my stomach instantly drop and my brow start to sweat.  Everyone needs information to plan.  Doctors need infromation about patients to plan treatments. To understand assessment, systems and teachers need to ask the question, what is the purpose of assessment?   In Whitefish Bay we like to say it is a way to provide results to inform decision.  It is a source of gathering information about a student so we can plan.  We use the trendy word in education lingo, “assessment.”  We can think of all assessments uses as falling into one of two general categories- assessments FOR learning and assessment OF learning.  Both categories have their place in education and in the classroom- Whitefish Bay has been doing both for years. 

Assessment OF learning are those assessments that happen after learning is supposed to have occurred to determine if it did. State assessments, district assessments and college admission tests represent some examples.  At WFB, we have consistently outperformed on State and National Levels, and often have led the way.  Below is a list of these common types of assessment used for accountability ratings.  Additional information about how we perform is available on the link located on the bottom of this page.

  • Wisconsin Forward Exam for grades 3-8 in math and reading with additional assessment of science and social studies in grades 4, 8 and 10
  • ACT for grade 11
  • ACT Aspire for grades 9 and 10

The table below contains links to the District's most recent accountability reports, as issued by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction under section 115.385 of the state statutes.  The Whitefish Bay School District had a report card rating of Significantly Exceeds Expectations.  

Whitefish Bay District Schools Grades Served Link to DPI Report Card Recent Rating 2015-2016
Cumberland Elementary 4K-5 Cumberland Report Card

Significantly Exceeds Expectations

Richards Elementary  4K-5 Richards Report Card Significantly Exceeds Expectations
Whitefish Bay Middle School 6-8 WFB Middle School Report Card

Significantly Exceeds Expectations

Whitefish Bay High School  9-12 WFB High School Report Card Significantly Exceeds Expectations

Assessment FOR learning happens while learning is still underway.  These are the assessments that we conduct throughout teaching and learning to diagnose student needs, plan our next steps in instruction, provide students with feedback they can use to improve the quality of their work, and help students see and feel in control of their journey to success.  It is about getting better!  Below are some examples of how assessment FOR learning is used in Whitefish Bay: 

  • Developmental Reading Assessments (DRA)- Richards and Cumberland have two assessment windows for the year for all 1-3 graders. 
  • The STAR assessment which is a computer generated assessment in math and reading in grades 4K-8. This replaced MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) assessment in 2014, which saved over 8 hours of instructional time.
  • CogAT Screener in grade 3.  This is a shorten version of the CogAT that was given to all students in grades 3, 5 and 7 in the Bay.  This assessment takes 40 minutes instead of 3-4 hours.
  • Classroom assessments can include end of the unit assessments, basic fact assessments and some final learning projects.
  • Student goal setting
  • Teaching students to use rubrics to guide decision making.  Teachers using rubrics to guide instruction
  • Showing models of strong and weak student work
  • Use of ungraded homework, class work, test and quizzes
  • Very specific teacher feedback on any student work

 

Although I have presented these categories very black and white, of course teachers and administrators use many of the Assessment OF Learning assessments to help evaluate programs and make instructional decisions on student learning.

Dates

Grade(s)

Assessment

 

September 1- September 29

1-3

Running Records- DRA

 

September- October

Built into Launching Unit

1-5

District Writing Assessment-

administer, score individually, discuss in teams

 

September 12- October 6

(Preference: Grades- 4 - 8 Reading the week of September 12)

2-9

STAR Assessment Window - 9th Graders  in 1S and  2S

 

September 26-September 30

K4, K5, 1

STAR Early Literacy Screener

 

September 12-September 23

4-5

Running Records (DRA)

for students below 29th percentile on STAR

 

September 12- September 30

6-8

Running Records (DRA)

for students below 29th percentile on STAR

 

September 12- September 30

4-5

Running Records (DRA)

for students below 40th - 30th percentile on STAR

 

September 12-October 6

6-8

Running Records (DRA)

for students below 40th - 30th percentile on STAR

 

September 12- October 6

4-5

3 Minute Assessment- Anyone above 40th percentile (Fluency, Comprehension, Accuracy, WPM)

 

September 12- October 21

6-8

3 Minute Assessment- Anyone above 40th percentile

 

October 3-October 31

3

CogAT Screener Assessment Window

 

October 10-October 25

K4, K5, 1

District Reading Assessments- Results to Literacy Coach by October 31

 

December 6- February 10

ELL

ACCESS Assessment Window for ELL

 

January 3- February 17

K

Running Records (DRA) & District Assessments

 

January 9 – February 3

(Preference to Reading  First)

2-9

STAR Assessment Window - 9th Graders  in 1S and  2S

 

January 9 – February 3

K4, K5, 1

STAR Early Literacy Screener

 

January 17- January 31

K5-8

Running Records (DRA)

for students below 25th percentile on STAR

 

February 27- March 17

 

K-8

Running Records (DRA)

Kindergarten & Grade 1: All students --------------------------------------------------------------Grades 2-3: Students below the 40-26th percentile receive regular DRA; Students above 40th percentile on STAR may use DRA Progress Monitoring version

--------------------------------------------------------------Grades 4-6: Students below the 40-26th percentile receive the DRA Progress Monitoring Version

--------------------------------------------------------------Grades 7-8: Students below the 26-30th percentile receive the regular DRA

 

 

Febuary 28 (Make-up March 21)

11

ACT

 

March 1 (Make-up 22)

11

ACT WorkKeys

 

April 24-May 26

9-10

ACT Aspire Window

 

March 20 - May 5

3-8, 10

Wisconsin Forward Assessment

 

May 1- 26

K4/K5

STAR Early Literacy Screener

 

May 1 – 26

(Preference to Reading First)

1-9

STAR Assessment Window - 9th Graders  in 1S and  2S

 

May 15- June 2

1-8

Running Records (DRA)

1st Grade- not at independent level 14 at mid-year

2nd - 3rd grade: for students below 40th percentile

4th-8th grade:: for students below 30th percentile on STAR

 

STAR Assessment
STAR Reading and Math All students in grades 4K-8 participate in a STAR assessment. STAR provides a valid, reliable data in reduced amount of testing time- usually 20 minutes or less. That allows our teachers to focus on individualized instruction for ALL students! Please feel free to contact building principals or our District Assessment Coordinator, Matt Rose, for additional questions or concerns.
Additional STAR Information
Student Achievement Data
Link to 2014-2015 District Assessment Report of student achievement.
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