Wyoming City Schools utilizes ongoing assessment practices to inform instruction within the classroom. We administer assessments to all students in select grade levels and content areas for instructional planning purposes.
2020-2021 Assessment Calendar
We use assessment to:
- Guide instruction
- Scaffold activities for re-teaching, review, and enrichment
- Differentiate curriculum
- Benchmark student achievement locally, at the state level, and nationally
- Assess student readiness for college and career endeavors
- Determine student growth throughout and across school years
- Meet state requirements for the Third Grade Reading Guarantee in kindergarten through grade three
- Meet the requirements for Gifted and Talented identification
In order to gauge student learning and mastery of concepts, Wyoming City Schools utilizes both summative and formative assessments.
Summative Assessments (or Assessments OF Learning): Assessments of learning determine how much has been learned at a particular point in time (a status check).
The characteristics of assessments of learning are:
- One-test-fits-all, based on grade-level standards or expectations
- Compare students to other students
- Report status after instruction has occurred
- Focus on learned content or mastery
- Examples include the Ohio’s State Tests, MAP, AimsWeb, PSAT, ACT
Beginning the 2020-2021 school year, students in grades kindergarten to eight will take the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment. MAP is an achievement measure in the areas of reading and mathematics and is aligned to state standards. The MAP test is one tool, among many, teachers are using to improve student learning. This assessment enables teachers to recognize and focus attention on your child’s area of learning needs by providing teachers with an estimate of your child’s current instructional level. MAP results are unique in that they are derived from adaptive tests your child takes on the computer; the assessment becomes more difficult the more questions your child answers correctly and less difficult the more questions your child answers incorrectly. This type of assessment specifically measures your child’s achievement level, thus providing his/her teachers with the information they need to focus teaching and learning and to make data-driven decisions.
This MAP FAQ provides additional information.
Formative Assessments (or Assessments FOR Learning): Assessments for learning provide feedback that is used to modify teaching and learning activities during instruction.
The characteristics of assessments for learning are:
- Adaptive for the individual student; thus, content varies across grade levels
- Compare students to self and other students
- Inform instruction, provide information before, during, and after instruction
- Focus on growth based upon benchmarks and ongoing standards
- Examples include teacher-constructed assessments, such as pre/post tests