ASSESSMENT PROGRAM

The USD 231 Board of Education supports a local assessment plan as one indication of the success and quality of the total education in the school district. With time and effort, the local assessment plan produces:

  • A comprehensive testing program that monitors a variety of achievement targets for a variety of purposes;

  • Data-driven decision-making regarding curriculum, assessment, instruction, and related programs;

  • Teachers and administrators who are knowledgeable about data analysis, motivating students to do well on tests, test security policies, and strategies for teaching test-taking skills;

  • Increased public awareness of student achievement.

Acadience Reading (K-8)
Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills

  • screening test used to measure a student’s reading ability, monitor progress, and provide individualized support; 

  • helps teachers make decisions about lesson planning, grouping, and differentiated instruction;

  • testing occurs 3 times within a school year- beginning of the year (August), middle of the year (December), and end of the year (May);

  • progress monitoring will occur between testing windows

  • required assessment for grades K-8

Acadience Math (K-6)
Assessment used to measure the acquisition of mathematical skills.

  • screening test used to measure essential skills (early numeracy, computation, and problem-solving), monitor progress, and provide individualized support; 

  • helps teachers make decisions about lesson planning, grouping, and differentiated instruction;

  • testing occurs 3 times within a school year- beginning of the year (August), middle of the year (December), and end of the year (May);

  • progress monitoring will occur between testing windows

  • required assessment for grades K-6

NWEA MAP (1-10)
Measure of Academic Progress

  • An interim test designed to determine a student’s instructional level and growth throughout the year;

  • test results will help teachers provide personalized instruction based on individual strengths and areas of needed improvement;

  • tests are administered in 3 areas: Reading, Math, and Language;

  • required assessment for grades 1-10;

  • testing occurs during 3 windows -

    Fall, Winter, Spring 

 Kansas Assessment Program (KAP) (Grades 3-8, 10-11)
The Kansas Assessment Program, commonly referred to as the state assessment, includes a variety of tests aligned to Kansas’ content standards, which help educators and policymakers evaluate student learning and meet the requirements for federal and state accountability.  Students in grades 3 - 8, and 10 test in the spring on reading and math; students in grades 5, 8, and 11 test in the spring on science; and students in grades 4, 7, and 11 test each spring in social studies.  

Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) (Grades 3-8, 10-11)
The DLM Alternate Assessment System assists students with significant cognitive disabilities to demonstrate what they know in ways that traditional multiple-choice tests cannot. The DLM system maps a student’s learning throughout the year. The system will use items and tasks that are embedded in day-to-day instruction. In this way, testing happens as part of instruction, informing teaching and benefiting students.  The subjects tested are English language arts, Mathematics, and Science.

KELPA (K-12)
Kansas English Language Proficiency Assessment

  • assessment required by the state for ELL students grades K-12;

  • can be used as a screening test for students whose first language is other than English 

  • measures the proficiency of English Language Learners in 4 Domains: listening, speaking, reading, writing;

  • typically administered during 2nd Semester (exact dates determined by the state)

 Pre-ACT (Grades 9-10)
PreACT simulates the ACT testing experience within a shorter test window on all four ACT test subjects: English, math, reading, and science. Results predict future success on the ACT test and provide both current achievement and projected future ACT test scores on the familiar 1-36 ACT score scale. Pre-ACT will be administered October 20-21, 2021. Please contact your student's high school counselor for further information.
 
ACT (Grade 11)
The ACT is a standardized test produced by ACT, Inc. Colleges and universities use students' scores on the ACT in the admissions process as a measure of college readiness and, in some cases, for course placement purposes. ACT sets national test dates. Each spring, the state of Kansas funds and offers ACT testing free to all juniors.  ACT will be administered on March 1, 2022.  Please contact your student's high school counselor for further information.

WorkKeys (Grade 11)
ACT WorkKeys determines workplace skill assessments: (1) Applied Math – applying mathematical reasoning to work-related problems, (2) Workplace Documents – comprehending work-related reading materials such as memos, bulletins, policy manuals, and governmental regulations, and (3) Graphic Literacy – using information from sources such as diagrams, floor plans, tables, forms, graphs, and charts  ACT sets national test dates. The state of Kansas offers a state-funded opportunity for all juniors to take the WorkKeys test.  This is offered one time at no cost to the student.  WorkKeys will be administered on October 6, 2021.  Please contact your student's high school counselor for further information.

College Board PSAT/NMSQT (Grades 9-11)
The PSAT is the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test.  It measures critical reading, math problem-solving skills, and writing skills.  The test is offered for 10th graders as a practice test and for 11th graders for consideration for the National Merit Program