Our reason for assessing students has to be grounded in a commitment to use the information in a way that helps us to generate greater success for them. Dehesa uses the data from these assessments to drive our goal setting and our classroom instruction.
Our teachers and administration monitor student progress through both summative and formative assessments including:
- Map Testing: Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) is an online test that students take at least four times throughout the year that provides the teacher with a measurement of a students understanding of the material being taught. This data provides the teacher with the ability to then make adjustments to a specific students needs, and provides insight into what subjects need more attention.
- CAASPP: A system intended to provide information that can be used to monitor student progress and ensure that all students leave high school ready for college and career. The CAASPP includes computer-adaptive tests in English–language arts and mathematics as well as paper-based tests for science.
- STAR Reading: An online assessment that provides data on students' reading skills.
- Achieve3000: (4-8): An online learning program that provides nonfiction content that supports core curriculum. The articles provided adapts to the reader's reading level providing them with the same information as other classmates but at a level they can understand. Achieve3000 also provides teachers with reports that helps to immediately spot where students need help or immediate intervention.
- CELDT: The California English Language Development Test (CELDT) is given as an initial assessment to newly enrolled students whose primary language is not English and as an annual assessment to English learners enrolled in transitional kindergarten through grade twelve in California public schools.
- Reading Fluency Assessments: A reading assessment that is given multiple times a year to assess student progress.
- Learning Headquarter Writing (K-8): Trimester prompts are given to use along with other writing assessments to determine proficiency. CCSS rubrics are used to score the assessments.