District Assessment System

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District Assessment System

MSAD 15 uses a variety of summative assessments across the district to measure student growth and proficiency as well as to inform curricular and instructional programming decisions.  These summative assessments are administered to students at different points in their academic career. Results of these assessments are used in many ways including at the individual student level, classroom level, school level, and district-wide.  In addition to these summative-type assessments, students across the district participate in informal assessment (or formative assessment). These informal assessments occur with less consistency district-wide as they are tailored to the needs of the individual student, grade-level, or subject.  This document is designed to summarize the comprehensive summative assessment system in which virtually every MSAD 15 students will participate:

 

Children’s Progress Academic Assessment (CPAA) The CPAA is an adaptive diagnostic assessment for reading, writing, and mathematics used in early grades.  It is an assessment that is given across the country with results being normed nationally. The results are used by teachers and schools to identify students who may need additional instruction, to measure student academic growth, and to measure student proficiency in reading, writing, and mathematics.  The assessment results are used by schools and the district to inform writing curriculum and instruction decision-making. CPAA takes a total of 40 minutes and is administered three times per year.
Development Reading Assessment (DRA) The DRA is an assessment that is administered individually to students to measure a student’s reading proficiency.  This tool is used to identify a student’s reading level, accuracy, fluency, and comprehension. It is an assessment that is given across the country with grade-level benchmarks set nationally.  The results are used by teachers and schools to identify students who may need additional instruction, to measure student academic growth, and to measure student proficiency in reading. The assessment results are used by schools and the district to inform writing curriculum and instruction decision-making.  DRA takes varying amounts of time depending on reading level and is administered at least three times per year.
District-Wide Writing Prompt The district-wide writing prompt is a locally developed assessment for writing.  The assessment is designed to measure student proficiency and growth in writing. The assessments are double-blind scored by teachers across the district.  The results are used by teachers and schools to identify students who may need additional instruction, to measure student academic growth, and to measure student proficiency in writing.  The assessment results are used by schools and the district to inform writing curriculum and instruction decision-making. The writing prompt takes approximately 90 minutes across multiple sessions and is administered twice per year.
Learning Without Tears Formerly known as Handwriting without Tears, this assessment is a screener tool used to identify all early childhood learning skills such as color and shape identification, letters and letter sounds, counting and numbers.  These assessments take 10-15 minutes and are generally administered three times per year.
Maine Education Assessment (MEA) The MEA is an online assessment given to all students across the state in selected grades.   There are MEA assessments for reading, writing, mathematics, and science. The assessment is intended to inform parents, students, and educators regarding performance in the curricular objectives of the Maine Learning Results and Common Core State Standards.  Results are used by teachers for curriculum and instructional design, planning, and monitoring. Results are reported to the general public by the Maine Department of Education. The MEA is given in multiple testing sessions throughout a month-long time period once per year for selected grades.
Northwest Education Assessment (NWEA) The NWEA is an adaptive diagnostic assessment used for reading, writing, and mathematics.  It is an assessment that is given across the country with results being normed nationally. The assessment is intended to help identify students who may need additional instruction, to measure student academic growth, and to measure student proficiency in reading, mathematics and writing.  Results are used by teachers for instructional design, planning, and monitoring. Students have as much time as they need for the assessment, though students generally don’t need more than an hour. NWEA is given two or three times per year.
Pre-Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) The PSAT is a standardized test designed to measure basic reading, writing, and mathematics skills.  The assessment is used all of the country and can be used as preparation for students taking the SAT.  Results of the assessment are used to determine specific level of knowledge of both the individual student and the class cohort.  Results are used by teachers for curriculum and instructional design, planning and monitoring. The PSAT takes three hours and is administered once per year.
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) The SAT is a standardized test designed to measure basic reading, writing, and mathematics skills.  Most colleges and universities request SAT for admissions and scholarships. Results are used by teachers for curriculum and instructional design, planning, and monitoring and it is also the official instrument of the Maine Department of Education for the Maine Education Assessment (MEA).  The SAT takes four hours and is administered once per year.

 

Grade Level English Language Arts Mathematics Science
Pre-Kindergarten Learning Without Tears Learning Without Tears
Kindergarten Developmental Reading Assessment

Children’s Progress Academic Assessment

District-Wide Writing Prompt

Kindergarten Screeners

Children’s Progress Academic Assessment
Grade 1 Developmental Reading Assessment

Children’s Progress Academic Assessment

District-Wide Writing Prompt

Children’s Progress Academic Assessment
Grade 2 Developmental Reading Assessment

Children’s Progress Academic Assessment

District-Wide Writing Prompt

Children’s Progress Academic Assessment
Grade 3 Northwest Education Assessment

Maine Educational Assessment

District-Wide Writing Prompt

Northwest Education Assessment

Maine Educational Assessment

Grade 4 Northwest Education Assessment

Maine Educational Assessment

District-Wide Writing Prompt

Northwest Education Assessment

Maine Educational Assessment

Grade 5 Northwest Education Assessment

Maine Educational Assessment

Northwest Education Assessment

Maine Educational Assessment

Maine Educational Assessment – Science
Grade 6 Northwest Education Assessment

Maine Educational Assessment

Northwest Education Assessment

Maine Educational Assessment

Grade 7 Northwest Education Assessment

Maine Educational Assessment

Northwest Education Assessment

Maine Educational Assessment

Grade 8 Northwest Education Assessment

Maine Educational Assessment

Northwest Education Assessment

Maine Educational Assessment

Maine Educational Assessment – Science
Grade 9 Pre-Scholastic Aptitude Test Pre-Scholastic Aptitude Test
Grade 10 Pre-Scholastic Aptitude Test Pre-Scholastic Aptitude Test
Grade 11 Scholastic Aptitude Test Scholastic Aptitude Test Maine High School Assessment – Science

 

Updated December 21, 2018