– an assessment that adapts the student’s ability level. Found on computer-based tests that have the
ability to assign questions based on the accuracy of a prior question.
– short tests administered throughout the school year that give teachers
immediate feedback on how students are meeting academic standards. Regular use will show student growth.
- an assessment that diagnoses student strengths and areas of need.
Developmental Reading Assessment
The DRA is an individually
administered assessment of a student’s reading capabilities given one to three
times per year. It will identify a
student’s reading level, accuracy, fluency, and comprehension. Tasks measured by the DRA test are divided
into several skill sets. Rhyming, alliteration, segmentation, and phonemic
awareness are tested in the phonemic awareness section.
Letter naming, word-list reading, spelling, decoding, analogies, structural
analysis, and syllabication are tested in the alphabetic principle/phonics portions. Oral reading fluency
or words per minute for contextual reading are tested under fluency.
Vocabulary, comprehension, and reading engagement skills are also measured in
Grades 1 and 3
The CogAt is a test of reasoning skills. It’s not like a word study or math test where
if you know the words or the facts you can get a 100%. There is no defined curriculum for the
CogAt. The test measures reasoning
ability with words, quantitative concepts and non-verbal (spatial)
pictures. It is a norm-referenced test
and the national average is the 50th percentile. A 50th percentile score means your
child scored as well or better than 50 percent of the population who took the
same assessment and is considered average.
The CogAt is administered to students in grade 1 and grade 3 in the
Dallastown Area School District.
Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)
MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) is a test used to assess student
achievement. The test provides measures
of growth which other test do not and provides detailed information to teachers
on each student’s strengths and challenges in order to help target instruction. The test is delivered by computer. The test adjusts the questions based on how
the learner answers the question. When
your child incorrectly answered the question, the questions becomes
easier. The test is specifically created
for the learner's level of learning.
Study Island Benchmark
The Study Island Benchmark is
administered two to four times a year in Reading and Mathematics. This computer-based assessment consists of
approximately 30 questions that are a representative sample of the Pennsylvania
Core Standards. Each student receives
the same questions. The intent is to
predict student performance on the PSSAs, measure growth after multiple
administrations, and provide feedback to the teacher to inform instruction.
Classroom Diagnostic Tool (CDT)
The CDT is a set of online
assessments, divided by content area, designed to provide diagnostic
information in order to guide instruction and remediation of Pennsylvania
Standards. This is an adaptive test in
that questions are asked based on the accuracy of prior questions. If a child answers incorrectly on a 9th grade concept, he or she may be asked a question at an 8th grade
level from the same content. This
pattern continues until the student answers a question correctly. The CDT assists teachers in supporting student academic strengths and in areas in need of improvement.This assessment is
administered two to three times per year and consists of approximately 50
The PSSA includes
assessments in English Language Arts and Mathematics which are taken by
students in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8. Students in grades 4 and 8 are
administered the Science PSSA. The
English Language Arts and Mathematics PSSAs include items that are consistent
with the Assessment Anchors/Eligible Content aligned to the
Pennsylvania Core Standards in English Language Arts and
Mathematics. The Science PSSA include items that are aligned to the
Assessment Anchors/Eligible Content aligned to the Pennsylvania Academic
Standards for Science, Technology, Environment, and Ecology.
Keystone exams are end–of-course assessments in designated content areas. The Keystone Exams
serve two purposes: (1) high school accountability assessments for federal and
state purposes, and (2) high school graduation requirements for students
beginning with the class of 2017. The Algebra I and Literature Keystone
Exams include items written to the Assessment Anchors/Eligible Content aligned
to the Pennsylvania Core Standards in Mathematics and English Language
Arts. The Biology Keystone Exam includes items written to the Assessment
Anchor/Eligible Content aligned to the enhanced Pennsylvania Academic Standards
Each exam is designed in modules that reflect distinct,
related academic content common to the traditional progression of
coursework. Students receive a score for
each module. The average of both scores
is used to determine a student’s proficiency. If the overall average does not meet proficiency requirements, the
student can retest one or both modules after receiving supplemental instruction
from the school district. There are
summer and winter retest dates.