Study Island Benchmarks are quarterly formative assessments in math, reading and science for grades 3 to 8. These assessments were created specifically to assess the standards of the Pennsylvania Core Curriculum. They are intended to provide a quick estimate of how students are developing mastery in each of the content standards.
At Wilson, Benchmarks are administered a minimum of three times during the year. A fourth test at the end of the year is optional. Data reports provide diagnostic information on individual student performance in relation to state standards and skills. The tests come with scoring rubrics to help teachers determine each child's strengths and weaknesses.
Aimsweb uses brief, valid, and reliable measures of reading and math performance for grades K-12, which can be generalized to any curriculum.
Aimsweb efficiently screens all students, identifying those at risk for academic failure and enabling early intervention. With progress monitoring, Aimsweb determines the effectiveness of interventions, and whether students are progressing sufficiently to meet year-end goals.
At Wilson, Aimsweb is used as a universal screener and progress monitoring tool. This assessment is given to students as needed throughout the school year to chart their progress.
CDTs are based on content assessed by the Keystone Exams and the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA). They are an on-line computer adaptive test for ELA, Math and Science. Although not a predictor for PSSA and Keystone Exam performance, CDTs provide a snapshot on why and how students may still be struggling or exceeding grade and/or course Eligible Content. The CDT data, along with other data, informs instruction in a timely and efficient manner.
A benchmark assessment system is a series of texts that can be used to identify a student's current reading level and progress along a gradient of text levels over time. The word "benchmark" means a standard against which to measure something. A benchmark assessment is a valuable use of time because teachers can use the information to..
Determine students' independent and instructional reading levels.
Determine reading placement levels and group students for reading instruction.
Select texts that will be productive for student's instruction.
Assess the outcomes of teaching.
Assess a new student's reading level for independent reading and instruction.
Identify students who need intervention.
Document student progress across a school year and across grade levels.
Inform parent conferences.
At Wilson, this assessment is used a minimum of two times a year, with a third test given mid- year to monitor students’ progress as needed.
The Gates-MacGinitie Reading Test is a multiple-choice test. The timed tests for younger readers last between 75 and 100 minutes, while those in third grade and beyond only get 55 minutes. The text examines five language and reading abilities, including literary concepts, oral language concepts, letter recognition and letter-sound relationships. Readers between first and 12th grade receive scores judging their vocabulary and comprehension to see if they need remedial help, are at grade level or could proceed with advanced instruction.
At Wilson, this test is administered to new students entering the secondary level (grades 6-8) to assess their reading comprehension, and it is also used periodically as a progress monitoring tool at the secondary level.