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CSD SYSTEM OF ASSESSMENTS Ensuring Student Success Through Assessment In a balanced assessment system, teachers use classroom assessments, team assessments, interim assessments, and comprehensive assessments to monitor and enhance student learning in relation to the state standards and goals for student proficiency (Schneider, Egan, & Julian, 2013). This level of balancing requires educators to understand and maximize the role of assessment for feedback and assessment for verification (Schimmer, 2016). In other words, assessment is viewed as teaching in that we engage in accurate assessment processes, day by day and moment by moment, rather than curriculum coverage (Erkens, 2016). Canyons School District System of Assessment outlines an integrated assessment system to support educators with gathering evidence of student thinking patterns in order to plan instructional responses before, during, and after instruction has taken place.
Standards: What are students expected to know and do?
Evidence-based Curriculum: What resources will be used to teach standards?
Instruction: How will instruction be delivered to make the standards accessible and engaging?
Assessment: How will students show progress toward mastery of the standards?
Grading: How will progress toward mastery be reported?
Scaffolding: What supports are necessary to ensure student progress, mastery or extension?
Frequent assessing of student learning allows educators to: • identify gaps in student learning to inform class, team, school, and district supports • set goals for class, team, school, and district improvement • measure effectiveness of instructional programs for all subgroups of students • compare levels of achievement across grades, schools, districts, states • share information with stakeholders • celebrate teaching and learning successes
A balanced assessment system ensures that information is available to answer important questions within the Standards-based Instructional Cycle.
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