Students at Prairie Crossing Charter School take part in formal assessments throughout the year to determine understanding and their level of knowledge in different content areas, specifically in the areas of reading and math.
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Curriculum-Based Measurement, or CBM, is an assessment approach called General Outcome Measurement which utilizes specific tools to assess students’ academic performance compared to a norm group through brief, standardized measures. CBM provides a complement to the summative (high stakes) assessment/evaluation model prevalent in education today. CBM tools are simple and accurate, allowing us to make data-based, timely decisions about what students need. Considerable research of these general outcome measures has demonstrated their ability to make accurate judgments and demonstrate appropriate standards of growth and development across varied curricula, teachers, and schools. PCCS benchmarking, which occurs in Kindergarten through grade 5 every fall, winter, and spring, includes several AIMSweb (“brand”) CBM tools for students which assess early literacy, early numeracy, reading, mathematical computation, and mathematical application/problem solving skills.
Also known as the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP), NWEA is a dynamic computer based assessment. A multiple test format is used to assess an individual student’s knowledge in a particular content area. This assessment is given to students in second through eighth grades, in the areas of Reading and Math, twice a year (fall and spring). This assessment assists the classroom teacher to identify a student’s level of knowledge and determine a starting point for instruction in the content area assessed.
PARCC is a computer-based assessment aligned with Common Core State Standards to ensure that each child is demonstrating growth at each grade level, with an ultimate goal of college and career readiness. Students in 3rd through 8th grade are given Performance-Based and End-of-Year assessments in the areas of English Language Arts and Mathematics twice a year.
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