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Assessment

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Summary of District-Wide Assessment

Name of the Assessment

Description

Grades

When it is used

Links For More Information

CAP (Concepts About Print)

An assessment that measures students’ familiarity with books and text. Things like which way to hold a book and that words in a book tell a story. Teachers work directly with a student to administer the assessment. It is used primarily as a formative assessment.

K

Fall

Teacher’s College Website

NWEA CPAA (Northwest Education Assessment Measures Children’s Progress Academic Assessment)

An online formative assessment that measures students’ skills in literacy (reading and writing).

K-2

Fall

NWEA CPAA Website

NWEA MAP (Northwest Education Assessment Measures of Academic Progress)

Online formative assessments that measures students’ skills in math and literacy (reading and writing).

Literacy 3-9

 

Math 6-11

Fall

NWEA MAP Website

PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test)

A written assessment that measures students’ skills in math and literacy (reading and writing). It is used for formative and summative purposes.

10 & 11

Fall

PSAT Website

ACCESS for ELLs (Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners)

An online and spoken summative assessment for identified English Language Learners to measure students’ skills in the English language. .

K-11

Winter

ACCESS for ELLs Website

MEA ELA/Math (Maine Educational Assessment English Language Arts/Math) 

An assessment that measures students’ skills in math and literacy (reading and writing). There is an online adaptive component as well as performance tasks that include classroom activities. It has both formative and summative elements.

3-8 & 11

Spring

Maine Comprehensive Assessment System



MEA Science (Maine Educational Assessment)

A written assessment that measures student’s knowledge and skills in science. It is used primarily for summative purposes.

5, 8 & 11

Spring

MEA Science Website

On Demand Writing

A written assessment that measures students’ skills in writing. Includes assessments on narrative, informational, and opinion/argument writing. It is used primarily as a summative assessment.

K-12

Three times per year, one for each type of writing.

Teacher’s College Website

Letter Identification

An assessment that measures students’ skills in identifying upper and lower case letters. Teachers work directly with a student to administer the assessment. It is used primarily as a formative assessment but can also be reported as a summative measure.

K

Ongoing throughout the year.

Teacher’s College Website

High Frequency Word Lists

An assessment that measures students’ skill in reading by measuring how many common words a student can read. Teachers work directly with a student to administer the assessment. It is used primarily as a formative assessment, but also can be used as a summative measure.

K-2

Ongoing throughout the year.

High Frequency Word Assessments

Elementary Math Benchmark Assessments

Each Portland elementary school uses a math program – either Everyday Math or Envision. Each program has assessments to measure students’ skills and progress in math. These assessments are used for both formative and summative purposes.

K-5

Ongoing throughout the school year.

Everyday Math Website

 

Envision Math Website

Fountas and Pinnell Instructional Text Level

An assessment that measures students’ skills in reading. Teachers work directly with a student to administer the assessment. It is used primarily as a formative assessment, but also can be used as a summative measure.

1-5

Ongoing throughout the year.

Fountas and Pinnell Website

 

 

Accuplacer

A computer-based assessment that measures students’ skills in math, literacy (reading and writing), and computer skills. It is used primarily as a formative assessment, but also is reported as a summative assessment. Many colleges require students to achieve minimum Accuplacer scores prior to taking credit-bearing course work.

9-12

Ongoing throughout the school year.

Accuplacer Website

ESI (Early Screening Inventory) or DIAL 4 (Developmental Indicators for the Assessment of Learning)

Each Portland elementary school uses one of these assessment. They are used to measure students’ development - things like language, movement, basic concepts, etc. Teachers work directly with a student to administer the assessment. It is used primarily as a formative assessment

K

Given in the spring before students begin Kindergarten as part of screening.

ESI Website

 

DIAL 4 Website