Student Growth Measured Through Many Lenses

Annual Assessment Report Offers Picture of Achievement
Posted on 10/30/2017
District assessments

There are many different ways to measure a child’s academic growth, and the most useful assessments are the ones teachers can use the next day, Assistant Superintendent Kris Raitzer said. So, classroom assessments developed by our teachers are the most accurate and useful data on student achievement.

Standardized assessments are common assessments across the district and state. Some are nationally normed as well.  The district uses these assessments to measure student growth across the district, including:

  • PARCC,  a state-mandated test that assesses proficiency levels in English language arts and math of students in grades three through eight;
  • Terra Nova, an eighth-grade assessment Glenbrook North uses as one of several data points to place freshmen students academically;
  • MAP (Measures of Academic Progress), a computer adaptive test which teachers use to monitor student progress in math in grades 3 through 8;
  • Fountas and Pinnell,  a one-on-one assessment in which teachers measure students’ literacy skills, strategies and comprehension;
  • ACCESS, which assesses speaking, listening, reading and writing for English language learners; and
  • BESS Assessment, a social/emotional screener teachers administer to monitor behaviors and social skills.

These tests provide a picture of student growth in combination with the well-rounded educational program that addresses the whole child, Dr. Raitzer said.

Results show District 28 students perform well above state standards on PARCC and in the 90th percentile in the nationally normed Terra Nova tests.

PARCC is still only three years old, and the validity of such standardized tests grows as test items are adjusted over time, said Superintendent Dr. Larry Hewitt. District scores are up about 4 points from last year in the percentage of students who meet or exceed standards in English language arts and up about 3 points in math.

PARCC results do not include specific information on which questions students get wrong, so it only provides a snapshot in time.

On the nationally normed Terra Nova assessment, the national performance average would be in the 50th percentile while District 28 students’ average scores were in the 80s and 90s in English language arts and above the 90th percentile in math.

Staff analyze student assessment data on MAP and Fountas and Pinnell to plan programs and instruction for students and align curriculum.

The complete Annual Assessment Report provides district-wide scores.

Read more about the Board of Education meeting of Oct. 27 in the Board Briefs.