In January, Kindergarten through Sixth Grade students will take the TPBA (Throop Performance Based Assessment). This assessment is used to identify student strengths and weaknesses in the writing process in association with the TPBA scoring rubric. Teachers use TPBA results to better prepare students for applied skills writing prompts on ISTEP.
Also in January, Third Grade through Sixth Grade students will take Acuity Readiness 2. This second round of Acuity testing, delivered on-line, is used to identify student strengths and weaknesses in specific English/Language Arts and Math standards which will be assessed on the ISTEP.
During the month of February, Grade Four through Six students will take an Acuity Assessment for Science or Social Studies. This round of Acuity testing, delivered on-line, is used to identify student strengths and weaknesses in specific Science and Social Studies standards which will be assessed on the ISTEP.
Grade Three through Six students will take the Applied Skills portion of ISTEP March 2-11. These same students will take a Multiple Choice ISTEP April 27-May 15.
Results for many of these assessments are sent home, can be found on-line, or are shared with parents during conferences. Some assessments are designed to measure student growth as related to classroom instruction, and are mainly for the teacher’s use.
Whatever the assessment, it is important to remind students to 1) take assessments seriously, 2) think clearly, 3) do their best, and 4) realize that we can all learn something from an assessment—we’re reminded what we know and we’re given an idea of what we need to work on to be better learners.
If you have questions regarding assessments given at Throop Elementary, or any assessment your child may have taken, please contact me at 723-3537, ext. 145.
Director of Assessment, Improvement, and Title I