News & Notes: September 26, 2014

Sep 26th, 2014

“Don’t be afraid...take courage, I am here.” Matt. 14:27

Dancing with the Annunciation Stars!

We are only a couple of weeks away for the debut of DWAS at Annunciation School! If you have not had a chance to check out the website and link to the event, I invite you to do so. Our Annunciation Stars have videos on the site along with information on event tickets and more. Take a look – it is fun and exciting to see! Thanks to the parents and staff who have worked diligently in preparation for this fun event. Hope to see you there!

MAP Testing begins Monday:

One of our goals from our accreditation and review of our programs, was the need to identify a comprehensive assessment for our school. The NWEA Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) test has been chosen as the tool for students in grades K-8. We have chosen to use one test for all students so we have benchmark data starting fall of kindergarten all the way through grade 8. We will be testing this year in Reading, Math, and Language Usage.

Many school districts and Catholic schools use the MAP test. The Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) creates a personalized assessment experience by adapting to each student’s learning level. We will have assessment data—and essential information about what each student knows and is ready to learn quickly through online reports and sites. This information will provide another lens, along with teacher observation and classroom assessment, to view student progress and achievement. By testing in fall and spring, we will also begin collecting progress data annually and from grade level to grade level.

In addition to individual student data, including strand data which allows us to see how students do in various areas within each subject, we also will have information regarding our school curriculum and strengths or gaps within our program. If most students score low in one particular area, we will look more closely at our curriculum and instruction to be sure we are providing strong academics. Staff development and support is in place for our teachers so they can make the best use of the data provided. We are meeting as a staff to learn how to use the goal setting tools, utilize the online data results, and apply this information to our instructional review and planning. We are excited to see how this can help us improve student achievement.

The fall testing results will be shared with parents at our October mid-trimester conferences. Since we are meeting at the mid-trimester, we can use this time to set goals for the remainder of the trimester for students to help them advance prior to final grading.

We look forward to partnering with our parents to help each student achieve at their highest level. These tools, along with our conference time, will help us as we continue to strive to meet each student’s learning needs and help them reach their fullest potential.

More information regarding testing and data will be shared during the year as we move ahead with the MAP testing. To learn more, visit https://www.nwea.org.