Saturday, August 31, 2013

Benchmark Testing

Next week we will begin school-wide benchmark testing.  A team of learning support teachers and reading specialists will 'sweep' through each classroom and assess students using AIMSweb benchmark tests. The purpose is to establish the students' beginning levels in math and reading and identify possible candidates for intervention.

In addition to the AIMSweb tests, students will also take the Study Island math and reading benchmarks.

That's a lot of testing to begin the year.  We'll repeat the testing process mid-year and at the end of the year.  Additionally, we'll administer the Developmental Reading Assessment twice this year and give the PSSA (state assessment) in the spring.

I often find myself wondering if there is a way to streamline the process without sacrificing the information that is gained.

I'd love to hear your thoughts...  Has testing begun in your district? What do you use?  How often?  How do you feel about it?

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