Assessment Data







 

Introduction:

Welcome to the RSU 13 website location that provides access to our most current student assessment data. The purpose of this site is to provide a continuing format for summarizing and sharing information regarding the assessments that are routinely utilized in our schools, and making this important information available to educators, parents, and members of our RSU 13 community. This site provides access to a variety of reports that will be updated or reissued regularly as assessment data becomes available throughout each school year. Viewers are reminded that any one source of assessment information is but a single ‘snapshot’ of a more complicated whole, and that the quality of learning outcomes is best considered by referencing and comparing multiple assessment sources. If you have questions regarding any of these reports, please do not hesitate to contact your school’s principal, or Neal Guyer, Director of School Improvement, at the RSU 13 Superintendent’s Office. Thank you for your time and interest in knowing more about the assessments that are utilized to guide teaching and learning in RSU 13.

RSU 13 Assessment Profile – Last updated 9/18/13:

The following profile highlights assessment that all RSU 13 students participate in on an annual basis. A variety of other assessments occur based upon indications suggesting the need for further diagnostics and progress monitoring:  

Assessment Name:

Acronym:

Purpose of This Assessment:

Grades Level(s):

Typical Assessment Schedule:

Typical Amount of Time Devoted: 

State or Nationally Mandated?

Testing on line via  Computer?

Kindergarten   Screening

 

None

These assessments occur during the first month of school and involve screening for reading readiness, math readiness, speech articulation, receptive vocabulary, fine and gross motor coordination, and vision and hearing.

 

K

 

These assessments occur during the first month of the school year.

  

 30 – 40 min. per. student

 

Yes

Sp. Ed

 ‘child find’

 

 

No

Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills

DIBELS

This assessment is utilized as a screening to determine if our youngest students are on track for successful progress in reading – highlighting six critical skills for early reading development.

 

K-4

 

Testing occurs during fall, winter, and spring testing periods.

 

 10 – 15 min. per student

 

No

 

No

 

Observation Survey & Running Records

 

None

Direct observations and recording of reading skills accuracy, rates, and indicators of fluency and comprehension .

 

K - 4

Minimally: Completed monthly Mid K – Grade 1.  Continued as needed for diagnostic & progress monitoring purposes

 

10 – 20 min. per. student
depending on grade level

 

No

 

No

Developmental Reading Assessment

DRA

Utilized to determine students' reading skills and comprehension achievement through systematic observation, recording, and evaluation of reading performance.

 

End K – 2

 

3-6

Testing occurs during fall, winter, and spring testing periods for grades K-2. Administered in other grades as needed.

 

 10 – 15 min. per student

 

No

 

No

 

Fountas & Pinell

 

None

Very similar to the DRA with more advanced measures for reading fluency.

 

K - 3

Testing occurs during fall, winter, and spring testing periods

 

 10 – 15 min. per student

 

No

 

No

Maine Educational Assessment

MEA

Used by the State of Maine to assess attainment of grade level standards in reading and mathematics. 
This assessment has been discontinued , and was last administered in 2008-2009.

 

 

3 - 8

 

 

Testing occurred during the month of March.

 

 

      NA

 

 

NA

 

 

NA

New England Common Assessment Program

NECAP

This assessment replaced the MEA beginning in 2009-2010, and is used by the State of Maine to assess attainment of grade level standards in reading and mathematics.

Supplemental science assessment (still referred to as MEA)

3 – 8

 

 

 

 

 

5 & 8

Testing occurs during the month of October.

 

 

 

 

Testing occurs in March

 270 min. math

 270 min. reading

 270 min. writing (grades  5 & 8 only),

 270 min. science

Yes

NCLB

 

 

 

 

Yes 

No

 

 

 

 

 

No

National Assessment of Educational Performance

 

 

NAEP

Schools/grades selected for participation vary from year to year. In 2012-2013 all RSU 13 schools with grade 4 will participate with 4th graders being tested in reading & math.

4

Testing occurs late January to early March

 90 – 120 minutes of total testing time inclusive of both reading & math .

Yes

No

Maine High School Assessment      Test

Scholastic Aptitude Test with supplemental math & science assessments

MHSA

 

 

SAT

This assessment combines the SAT with supplemental tests in mathematics and science, and is used by the State of Maine to assess attainment of grade level standards in reading, writing, and mathematics.

 

11

 

Testing occurs during the month of April – typically on a Saturday morning.

 

  Half-day - AM

 

Yes

NCLB

 

No

Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test  

PSAT

Assess critical reading, math problem solving, and writing skills.

 10

Testing typically occurs mid-October

 Half-day - AM 

Yes

No

College Work Readiness Assessment

 

CWRA

Assess critical thinking, analytical reasoning, problem solving, & persuasive writing skills. 

9 & 12

9th grade fall

12th grade spring

 One 90 min. testing
 session

No

Yes

RSU 13 Writing Assessment

 

 

 

 (none)

Student writing skills are assessed by the analysis of writing derived from grade level writing prompts. Each student’s paper is ‘double scored’ by teachers in formal scoring sessions in reference to appropriate grade level rubrics.

K – 7

 

 

 

 

 

 

8-11

Testing occurs in the fall and spring of the school year for grades K-7 yielding pre & post data for comparison and determining instructional implications

 

Spring testing only  

 Typically two to three
grade appropriate writing
sessions per class

No

By teacher recommendation

K-6

Grades 7 – 11 completed electronically

Northwest Evaluation Association

Measures of Academic Progress

NWEA

 

MAP

This computerized, adaptive assessment is utilized to assess individual performance in reading and mathematics, and for progress monitoring of skill attainment throughout the year.

 2 - 10

Reading testing occurs during winter, & spring testing periods. Mathematics testing occurs winter and spring.

 Two one hour testing sessions per class

No

Yes


RSU 13 maintains a yearly Professional Development Assessment Calendar.  This calendar is updated periodically throughout the year.
Click Here to View Calendar 

RSU 13 maintains a yearly Assessment Protocol Handbook for Grades K-7.
Click Here to View Handbook

Available Reports:

MEA,NECAP,& MHSA Historical Profile. This report contains successive years of historical data for reading and mathematics performance by school and by grade. The performance highlighted in this report is the percentage of students meeting or exceeding standards compared to the State of Maine averages for the same combined measures. This report is updated each school year as data becomes available.
Click Here to View Report 2013-2014

RSU 13 Writing Assessment. This report profiles the outcomes of the fall/pre and spring/post district writing assessment results. Data is provided for student performance by school, grade, and gender along with instructional recommendations derived by the analysis of assessment results.

Click Here to View Report 2013-2014 (Release January 2015)
Click here to View Report 2013-2014

Click here to View Report 2012-2013
Click Here to View Report 2011-2012
Click Here to View Report 2010-2011
Click Here to View Report 2009-2010

RSU 13 MWEA/MAP Target Growth Study This report contains grade level summaries, individual school results, and gender-based performance analysis for reading and mathematics, indicating the percent of RSU 13 students meeting or exceeding targeted growth goals via the Northwester Evaluation Association (NWEA) - Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment. Target growth is calculated within spring to spring assessment periods.

Click here to View Report 2012-2015


RSU 13 NCLB Study. This report contains a district summary of annual assessment outcomes for reading and mathematics for grades 3 – 8. Results are reported by grade and by school, and are compared to the State of Maine average for each performance area. Gender performance patterns are also profiled.

Click Here to View Report 2012-2013

Click Here to View Report 2011-2012

Click Here to View Report 2010-2011

Click Here to View Report 2009-2010


RSU 13 Progress Monitoring Study . This report profiles on-going progress monitoring assessments that occur three times during the academic year utilizing the DIBELS, DRA, and NWEA/MAP assessments for grades K-10. This report is updated during each school year as assessment data becomes available.  

Click Here to View Report 2014-2015 (Mid-Year Release January 2015)
Click Here to View Report 2013-2014 (November 2014)
Click Here to View Report 2013-2014 Mid-Year Release
Click Here to View Report 2012-2013 Final Report
Click Here to View Report 2011-2012
Click Here to View Report 2010-2011
Click Here to View Report 2009-2010