Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment are intricately linked pieces of every educational program. It is impossible to separate them but for the purposes of providing information to our teachers, parents, and community members it is sometimes helpful to look at them as separate pieces of the larger puzzle. Assessment refers to how we measure if students know and are able to do what is outlined in our curriculum.
Local Formative and Summative Assessments
Our assessments fall broadly into two categories; formative and summative. These labels are based on how we use the assessment. A formative assessment is meant to inform our instruction; to guide the choices we make around how and what we need to teach in order to insure learning continues. A summative assessment is often a summary or summation of learning; it is given at the end of a unit or course and allows the student to show what they know and are able to do. Our assessments make up the core of our reporting systems although not every assessment is graded. Many assessments are used by the teachers to evaluate both instructional effectiveness as well as student learning.
In addition to our locally designed assessments, we have state assessments that are powerful tools in helping us gauge both student progress and the effectiveness of our curriculum and instructional routines. The New England Common Assessment (NECAP) in Science, AIMSweb, and NWEA are a few of the assessments that the Pelham School District uses for this purpose. In the coming months we will provide you with more information about the new assessment called, Smarter Balanced, that will be given in the Spring of 2015 as part of the assessment program linked to No Child Left Behind (NCLB).
As we prepare to give the Smarter Balanced Assessment for the first time we will share information here. We will also invite parents and community members to information nights where we will share more information and provide an opportunity for people to ask questions.
SBAC Info NH DOE
PSD Assessment Presentation for Parents 2015
SBAC Communication Toolkit Parent NHDOE
PTA NH Assessment Guide
SBAC Computer Adaptive Test