Schools within the BRSU use a variety of assessment tools to monitor student performance. Most of the assessments tools used are formative in nature. Formative assessments are quick, focused assessments that inform the teacher about what the student knows and is ready to learn. Some examples of formative assessments are: Fountas & Pinnell Reading Benchmarks, Measures of Academic Progress, and constructed responses in writing. The other type of assessment used is summative in nature and is used to determine a student's knowledge and understanding at the end of cycle of teaching. In the Spring of 2015, the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) replaced New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) in all schools in the state of Vermont, including all BRSU schools.
All of our students in the BRSU take the Measures of Academic Progress, a tool from the Northwest Evaluation Association, three times a year in mathematics and reading. This assessment embraces a growth model allowing us to look at students as individuals and adjust their learning to meet their specific needs. Middle level students use results from the NWEA MAP assessment to identify goal areas in their Personal Learning Plans.