In the Lakewood School District, information about student learning and the performance of the school district is gathered from a variety of sources, including district and state assessments, and from the classroom teacher. Each piece provides a 'snapshot' of how well a child is doing. The more 'snapshots' that are gathered, the clearer the picture of performance becomes. A district-wide assessment program is in place, which is used to:
Classroom Assessments Happen Daily Assessment is a natural part of instruction. Teachers gather information on a daily basis both in formal and informal ways to guide instruction and make decisions about learning.
Early Literacy is Assessed Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) is a test used to assess reading proficiency in kindergarten through 6th grade. It is given three times during the year to make sure that no student is falling behind at this critical time.
Math and Reading Progress Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) are state-aligned computerized adaptive tests that accurately reflect the instructional level of each student and measure growth over time. These tests are administered in reading and math two to three times a year in grades K-8.
District Writing Assessment Students in the Lakewood School District participate in an annual District Writing Assessment. Students in grades K-10 are given a common prompt and write to that prompt using the writing process. A 6 Trait scoring rubric is used to score the papers.