• LOCAL ASSESSMENTS

    Local assessments that are required by MCPS from a school division level are listed and explained below.  Each assessment has been reviewed for purpose, use, and value to student learning.  Please see the matrix at the bottom of this page to learn more about how MCPS has ensured a balanced assessment plan.

    i-Ready

    • Utilized as an universal screener to identify potential students for intervention and as a student growth measure.
    • Provides students with an adaptive assessment that identifies students’ strengths and weaknesses, measures growth, and supports data-driven differentiated instruction in reading and mathematics.
    • Provides comprehensive insight into student learning.
    • Administered to students in grades K through 8th grade in the fall and spring.

    Core Content Division Unit Tests: Grades K-8 and End of Course

    • Developed to align with the state Standards of Learning assessments and measure student achievement as instruction progresses throughout the year.
    • Conducted within the classroom by teachers to assess progress and achievement, within their normal teaching routine/schedule.
    • Considered "secured tests', which means copies cannot be sent home.  Parents are welcome to schedule time to visit the teacher to review the test itself if you have any questions.

    Student Growth Assessments (SGA)

    • Approved by the Virginia Department of Education to be used as a student growth measure and can be utilized as benchmark measures, too.  During the school year the primary purpose of the SGA assessments is to serve as a benchmark assessment.  It will inform teachers of what standards the students have mastered, approaching mastery, and/or are in need of additional instruction.. 
    • Assessed subjects:
      • Gr 3 – 11 English/Language Arts
      • Gr 3- 8 Math
      • Algebra I and Geometry
      • Other subjects at Principal’s discretion

    Naglieri Non-Verbal Ability Test (NNAT)

    • Administered to all 2nd grade students and newly arrived English Learners in grades 2 through 6.
    • Used in the process of identifying potential students for the gifted and talented (GT) programs and is a non-verbal assessment.
    • Utilizes shapes and figures to evaluate problem-solving and reasoning abilities of a child without relying on their language skills

     

    Local Assesment Matrix

     Below is an explanation of MCPS local assessments and the purpose each one has in the instructional program.

    Assessment

    Type

    Purpose

    Students

    Time of Year

    Key Performance Indicator (KPI)

    How is the datum used?

    Time required to Complete.

    Who Uses the Data?

    I-Ready

    Student Growth and Progress Monitoring

    Universal screener

    Student growth measure

    Progress Monitoring

    Kindergarten

     

     

    Gr 1 through 8

    Winter and Spring

     

     

    Fall, Winter, and Spring

    · Typical Growth Target

    · Stretch Growth Target

    · Overall grade level growth

    · RtI committee uses for screening

    · Inform instruction

    · Approximately 45 minutes per subject each administration

    ·RtI Committee uses it for early identification

    ·Teachers

    Division-wide Unit Tests

    Reading and Math Achievement

    · Inform instruction

    · Differentiation

    · Assess learning

    KG – Gr 1 Optional Principal’s Discretion

     

    Gr 2-12

     

    Tier 0 & 1 schools choose unit tests, major unit assignments, or hybrid.

     

    Tier 2 & 3 schools will complete unit tests.  Major unit assignments are encouraged, but are not required.

    Ongoing throughout the school year

    · Overall Pass Rate

    · Pass rates by standard

    · Inform instruction

    · Assess mastery of specific standards

    · Differentiated instruction

    · Approximately 60-90 minutes

    ·PLC

    ·Teachers

    ·Academic Coaches

    ·Principals

    History and Science Achievement

    · Inform instruction

    · Differentiation

    · Assess learning

    KG – Gr 1 Optional Principal’s Discretion

    -

    Gr 2-12

     

    Schools choose unit tests, major unit assignments, or hybrid.

    Ongoing throughout the school year

    · Overall Pass Rate

    · Pass rates by standard

    · Inform instruction

    · Assess mastery of specific standards

    · Differentiated instruction

    · Approximately 60-90 minutes

    ·PLC

    ·Teachers

    ·Academic Coaches

    ·Principals

    Powerschool SGA Assessments

    Achievement

     

    Benchmark to assess mastery of grade level standards

    Subjects Assessed:

     

    Gr 3 – 11 English/Language Arts

     

    Gr 3 - 8 Math

     

    Algebra I and Geometry

     

    Other subjects at Principal’s discretion

    Fall (Nov – Dec)

    Spring (Feb-Mar)

     

    · Overall pass rate

    · Pass rates by standard

    · SOL remediation

    · Differentiated instruction

    · Approximately 90 minutes per subject

    ·Teachers

    ·Principals

    Naglieri Non-Verbal Ability Test

    Aptitude

    Screener for GT consideration

    Gr 2 Newly arrived English Learners Grades 2 - 6

    Spring

    · Scaled Score

    · Screener for identifying candidates for GT evaluation

    ·   GT Coordinator