Assessments help us better understand our students and guide our instructional decision-making in the classroom. Assessments can range from anecdotal notes to standardized testing. Here are a few examples of the types of assessment data guiding our teaching and learning at the Conley Elementary School:
Three assessments are used by Boston Public School teachers to assist education delivery in early childhood students. Phonological Awareness Language Screening (PALS) helps teachers address areas of improvment in literacy and language comprehension. An Expressive Vocabulary Test (EVT) is a published, normative assessment of a student's expressive vocabulary and word retrieval. The EVT asks the student to label pictures and produce synonyms. The Learning Accomplishment Profile (LAP) system employs a series of quick assessments to help teachers determine which areas of learning to focus on for a specific child.
Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) is administered to students in K2 through grade 3 three times per year. Regular monitoring is performed with students not yet achieving grade level benchmarks to measure progress. DIBELS data is used to guide instructional decision making. In particular, the Oral Reading Fluency sub-test is used as a good predictor of reading comprehension.
The Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) is administered to elementary students in grades 3 to 5 every spring. Math; English-Language Arts; and Science, Technology, and Engineering comprehension is assessed. Please click the following links for further information:
Sample MCAS Questions
2011-2012 MCAS/MEPA Schedules
2012-2013 MCAS Testing Schedule
Federal and state laws require that English Language Learner (ELL) students be assessed annually to measure their proficiency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking English, as well as the progress they are making in learning English. In keeping with these laws, ELL students must participate in the Massachusetts English Proficiency Assessment (MEPA), which consists of two assessments:
The Massachusetts English Proficiency Assessment, Reading/Writing (MEPA-R/W) assesses ELL students' proficiency in reading and writing at grades K-12.
The Massachusetts English Language Assessment, Oral assesses ELL students' proficiency in listening (comprehension) and speaking (production) at grades K-12.
Please visit the following MEPA sites for further information:
Benchmarks and Outcomes
MEPA Test Resources