assessments pioneer academy

ASSESSMENT

Pioneer Academy places a high priority on curriculum and assessment. In order to objectively assess student growth and achievement, we create learning environments that foster success for all learners as defined by the varying levels of ability within every classroom.

While curriculum is standards based and clearly defines the learning objectives that drive daily instruction, assessment in the form of standardized tests enables educators to make informed decisions for each and every student.  Standardized assessments are administered three times per school year to measure student progress in the areas of English Language Arts, Math and Science.

When analyzed properly, standardized test results can be of tremendous value for student growth as well as program analysis and revision.  Test data is used to determine a students’ current stage of development relative to grade level and peers, enabling teachers to challenge all students at the appropriate level which ensures continual growth and success.  Pioneer administration and staff utilize test data to assess the effectiveness of our programs and help answer questions like : Are current programs of study enabling our teachers to bring the curriculum to life in an engaging yet highly rigorous manner?  Do our curricula and programs align with one another allowing teacher creativity and expertise to excite and motivate all students to strive for their maximum potential?  Standard test data analysis can provide answers to these questions and allows for ongoing growth and progress of students, teachers and curricula.

To ensure a sound assessment of students, the following are some of the common practices Pioneer Academy implements:

  • Every student is given the NWEA MAP as a placement test during the admissions process. Current students are given the same test 3 times each year, in the Fall, Winter and Spring, to monitor student growth in Math and Reading

  • Standard Based Assessment Tests (Benchmarks-SBAT) are given at the end of each quarter for each core subject area. Questions in SBATs target and assess learning standards covered during class

  • End of Year Summative Assessment test is given for each Quality Core Subject. Those 12 subject areas in High School include: Algebra-1, 2, Geometry, PreCalculus, English-1,2,3,4, Chemistry, Biology, Physics and US History

  • Data collected from benchmarks and summative assessments drive the curriculum writing and revision process on an ongoing basis

  • High School students take CollegeBoard recommended standardized tests such as PSAT 8/9, PSAT 10 and PSAT. Data collected from these tests help Guidance Counselors design an individualized college preparatory path for each student

  • High School students are given Standardized Practice Tests such as SAT, ACT, TOEFL and IELTS once a month during Saturday Academy. These practice tests ensure students are exposed to the college entrance exam environment well before they take official tests

  • Atlas Curriculum Mapping, a cloud based tool by Rubicon International helps educators generate standards based reports on progress made to target and assess specific skill and content based standards

  • Full integration of Google Apps suite combined with Chromebook use by each student enables teachers to conduct instantaneous online formative assessment data collection, which in turn helps to rapidly shape teaching