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: