Standardized Assessment

Common Core Assessment

"Today's students are preparing to enter a world in which colleges and businesses are demanding more than ever before. To ensure that all studnets are ready for success after high school, the Common Core State Standards establish clear, consistent guidelines for what every student should know and be able to do in math and English language arts from kindergarten to 12th grade.

The standards were drafted by experts and teachers from across the country and are designed to ensure students are prepared for today's entry-level careers, freshman-level college courses and workforce training programs. The Common Core focuses on developing teh critical-thinking, problem-solving , and analytical skills students will need to be successful. Forty-three states, the District of Columbia, four territories and the Department of Defense Education Activity have voluntariloy adopted and are moving forwardd with the standards.

The new standards also provide a way for teachers to measure student progress throughout the school year and ensure that students are on the pathway to success in their academic careers." - Excerpt from

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School-wide Assessment

Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA2)

The Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA2) helps educators identify each student’s reading ability and level, document progress, and tailor teaching to drive effective reading instruction. Use the tools in DRA2 to assess accuracy, fluency, and comprehension.

This quick and accurate assessment will:

  • Build students’ reading skills and confidence by identifying their independent reading levels and helping teachers match students with appropriate text.
  • Deliver immediate analysis and instructional suggestions to group student appropriately and better address their needs.
  • Target critical points of intervention and compare student progress against benchmark expectations with easy-to-use data analysis.
  • Disaggregate DRA2 data in order to meet accountability requirements of NCLB.

Teachers administer the DRA2 in the fall and again in the spring to determine student progress over the course of the year.

K-5 Writing Continuum

The EKES staff has developed a school-wide writing continuum* that will be used by teachers to better define the writing skills we need to be teaching at each grade level, and as a foundational rubric to build lesson specific rubrics. Bi-annual grade level writing rubrics have been developed to better assess student progress in meeting grade level expectations.

*Modified from the Write Traits Writing Rubric, Great Source Inc.

Informal Classroom Assessment

  • Reading running records
  • Writing prompts
  • End of unit tests
  • Projects
  • Conferencing
  • Student observation
  • Curriculum area rubrics
  • Student portfolios