How will we know they have learned it?
The Oskaloosa School District is working hard to create a Balanced Assessment System. This balanced system uses assessments that assist teachers in understanding the instructional needs of the students within our Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) and also helps determine necessary changes to the curriculum.
State Level Assessments
ISASP: In the past, students in grades 3-11 have taken the Iowa Assessment. This assessment tested the areas of reading, language, math, science and social studies. Beginning in the spring of 2019, students in grades 3-11 take the new state assessment, ISASP (Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress). This assessment will test the areas of reading, writing/language and math. It will also test science content in grades 5, 8, and 10. This assessment will be given each April online and students will no longer be timed. This assessment is also better aligned to our Iowa Core standards.
ELPA21: Students whose primary language is not English take the ELPA21 assessment in the spring of each year.
District Level Assessments
Screening Assessments: Students in grades K-8 will take various screening assessments using the FastBridge suite of assessments three times per year (fall, winter, spring). These screening assessments help to determine which students may need more support or enrichment in the areas of reading and math. The assessments given are:
- earlyReading (Grades K and 1) - assess early reading skills
- aReading (Grades K-8) - assess all five components of reading (contepts of print, phonological awareness, phonics and decoming, vocabulary, and comprehension)
- CBMReading (Grades 2-5 and select students 6-8) - assesses fluency and accuracy of reading
- aMath (Grades K-8) - assesses various strands of mathmatical readiness (Counting and Cardinality, Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Number and Operations Base Ten, Number and Operations, Geometry)
Common Assessments: Teachers in each grade level and in each content area are working to create common assessments related to the standards they have chosen as priorities. Common Assessments are given to students within a specified time range to determine how well the students have learned the standards taught and provide additional learning or enrichment as needed as a part of our Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS).
Our grading practices are currently being reviewed and researched by the Effective Grading Committee. Below is our current grading and reporting manual. This handbook and practices may change after research and review of the committee.