The purpose of assessment is to provide ongoing, specific, timely and meaningful feedback as part of the learning process. A variety of assessment tools are used throughout the year. Teachers will assess student performance and understanding in relation to state benchmarks that apply to their subject or course. They will collect evidence of understanding by administering a balanced variety of assessments.

These assessments are the following eight categories:

1. Selected Response

    Pre-determined responses provide evidence of student’s knowledge and skills.
    Multiple Choices
    True false

2. Constructed response

    A brief written response that provides evidence of basic knowledge and skills.
    Short answer
    Fill in the blank
    Open-ended questions

3. Essay

    A written response to an academic prompt that assess understanding or reasoning using knowledge and or skills.
    It involves the use of process links to other concepts, the use of evidence, and the assessment of several standards and benchmarks.
    Development of an argument
    Compare and contrast
    Literary analysis: journal reading writing log
    Graphic organizers mind maps
    Research project

4. School related product or performance

     A task where a student makes or does something for an audience at school. It assesses multiple skills or knowledge within a context to evidence
     big understandings.
     Visual art
     Performing art

5. Context product or performance

     A task where a student makes or does something for a particular audience and purpose beyond school. The task is authentic and meaningful,
     having real world application and assesses knowledge of big understandings.
     Editorial for local paper
     Model for special audience
     Speech for specific community organization

6. Observation anecdotal records The deliberate act of looking at individual actions or behavior to assess student process, dispositions or other ongoing tasks. It includes the use of criteria and documentation tools.

    Teacher checklist
    Teacher rubric
    Teacher anecdotal notes

7. Self peer assessment

    Students reflecting on their own learning or the learning of their peers, with the use of criteria and documentation tools.
    Learning goal
    Peer editing

8. Standardized assessments, IOWA tests

     IOWA standardized achievement tests are administered to all NAC students in grade 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11, to measure student performances,
     weaknesses and strengths in the areas of reading, grammar, spelling, mathematics, science, social studies, and sources of information.
     The results provide information about students’ potential,
     assisting students and school advisors as they make their high school course selections and plan for college.