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Classroom Assessments

Assessment is used to monitor student progress.  In the classrooms, teachers provide a variety of experiences that will help students practice the skills necessary to help them learn and apply their knowledge in order to demonstrate their understanding.

Districtwide Assessments

There are a variety of assessments that are used in the district in order to monitor the progress of individual students, track student growth, and evaluate the success of the school and district.  Some of these assessments are required by the state, others are part of district efforts to monitor and evaluate progress.

In all cases, assessment results are used by teachers, schools and the district as part of an established protocol of continuous improvement.  Individual student needs are recognized and evaluated.  Student growth is compared to expected growth and districtwide growth is measured to evaluate successes and plan for the future.

For more information about the assessments listed below, click on the links in the chart.  For questions about the test or how the test is used in the School District of New Berlin, please contact your building principal, the Director of Elementary Teaching and Learning, Royce Lindner (royce.lindner@nbexcellence.org); or the Director of Secondary Teaching and Learning, Kelli Kwiatkowski (kelli.kwiatkowski@nbexcellence.org).  Also, see the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction website at http://dpi.wi.gov/assessment.

Large Scale Assessments Given in New Berlin

Assessment

Grades

Frequency

State or District Initiated

Measure of Academic Progress (MAP)

K-10

3 times per year

District

Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS)

K-2

3 times per year

State

CogAT

Grades 3 and 6

1 time per year

District

ACCESS

All English Language Learners

1 time per year

State

Wisconsin Forward Exam

Grades 3-8 and 10

1 time per year

State  

Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM)

Grades 3-11

 1 time per year

 State  

ACT Aspire

Grades 9 and 10

1-2 time per year

State 

ACT Plus Writing

Grade 11

1 time per year

State 

ACT WorkKeys

Grade 11

1 time per year

State

AIMSweb

Varies

As needed

District

easyCBM

Varies

As needed

District

School District of New Berlin