Standardization Testing at
Kansas Assessment Tests
Students in grades 3 – 8 take the Kansas Assessment tests in Reading and Math each year in the spring. This test is used to assess the school’s instructional program, make instructional decisions for individual students, and award accreditation to the school. In 2009, 95.4% of the children scored proficient and above in reading, and 92.9% scored proficient and above in math.
The Kansas Assessment tests the students over their knowledge of the curriculum set forth by the Kansas State Department of Education. Students are also assessed in Writing, Science and Social Studies; however these tests are not given every year or at every grade level.
Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)
MAP is a computerized adaptive assessment that provides early identification of a student’s instructional and achievement level. Our teachers use this data to develop specific learning targets for individual students. The data collected from MAP testing drives instruction in our classrooms and guides school improvement. All students at Holy Cross take MAP assessments three times each year.
The Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) are a set of procedures and measures for assessing the acquisition of early literacy skills from kindergarten through sixth grade. They are designed to be short (one minute) fluency measures used to regularly monitor the development of early literacy and early reading skills. All students in kindergarten through 6th grade are assessed three times each year.