Assessment at our school is a tool for growth. We begin by assessing what the child can do, observing how the child learns, gathering information about learning obstacles the child might encounter, and then we differentiate lessons accordingly. Throughout the school year, teachers assess students’ skills and knowledge regularly, provide written feedback to students and parents, and provide instruction that enables the student to build on strengths and address weaknesses.
Evergreen Community Charter School has a balanced system of assessment consisting of three components: performance-based assessments reflecting all disciplines; portfolios; and standardized state tests in communication and mathematics for grades three through eight, for writing in grades four and seven, for science in grades five and eight, and for computer skills and algebra in grade eight. This system generates needed diagnostic and achievement information for the individual student and for our school.
Performance-based assessments are defined as rubrics that indicate the level of performance on assigned tasks, and on-going teacher observation/evaluation of skills needed for the student’s particular grade level. We do not issue traditional grades of A,B, and C; instead, teachers provide ongoing dialogue and written feedback about students’ work, as well as narrative and rubric reports each trimester that detail students’ progress and abilities in all subject areas.
In addition, teachers and parents will confer on student progress twice each year, once in the fall and once in the spring. Student-led conferences 1-2 times per year allow students to report on their progress to parents.
Portfolios are defined as writing, math samples, social studies, and science samples from each of the three assessment periods that provide evidence of academic growth, as well as the student’s strengths and weaknesses. The portfolios are used to support student placement decisions, identify areas needing further study, and, at conference time, provide parents with a resume of what their students are able to do. The school does not rely on "one-shot-tests” and seat time to determine student progress. Instead, students demonstrate their proficiencies in a variety of ways.
Standardized state tests include all required North Carolina state tests for 3rd through 8th grade. Students in grade 3, 5 and 8 shall demonstrate proficiency by having test scores at Level III or above on end-of-grade tests in both reading and mathematics. We are required as part of our charter with the State of North Carolina to administer all state-mandated tests. These tests are part of our balanced assessment. The End-of-Grade/End-of-Course tests are always administered during the last three weeks of school.
MAP Testing Want to know more about how Evergreen uses this assessment to inform planning for instruction and differentiation for individual student needs? Check out this slideshow presentation for parents. More questions? Call or email
firstname.lastname@example.org Cameron Brantley, Associate Director.
to download the slideshow.
How do these assessment and testing norms pay off? Click here
to see a Comparison of 2010-2011 EOG Performance to Area and State Schools. We are extremely proud of our teachers and students.