Assessment Expectations & Resources

Assessment Calendar 

Reading
* Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessments *
Reading assessments should be completed, scored, and entered by September 16, January 13, and May 27

In September and May, all teachers will find the highest instructional levels for non-fiction. In December/January, teachers will find the highest instructional levels for fiction

Most students should be assessed by their classroom teacher. In the event that the reading interventionist or others help with assessments, they should assess higher performing students. Some first grade students receiving Reading Recovery services can be assessed by the Reading Recovery teacher in September. 

K-6: All students in grades K-6 will be assessed in September, December/January, and May of each year. Grade 6 students who are reading above grade level (X, Y, or Z) do not need to be assessed in December/January.

Grade 7: All students in grade 7 will be assessed in September and May except for students who have met level Z expectations two consecutive times. Only students who are not reading on grade level need to be assessed in December/January.

Grade 8: All students new to the school and students who are not meeting the standard (level Z) need to be assessed in December and May. 

If a student in grade 6, 7, or 8 has met level Z expectations two consecutive times, they do not need to be formally assessed. However, classroom teachers must conduct informal reading assessments with a comprehension check.

Students new to the school should be assessed within one week of arrival. 

Record Keeping
Physical Assessments: Save the folder cover sheet from 2nd grade and the entire May assessment record to pass along to the next grade. Only one year of records needs to be in the student's file. 
Online Records: Teachers will record results for each administration in the school-wide assessment file. 

Writing

* On-Demand Assessments *
Writing assessments should be completed, scored, and entered by September 16, January 13, and May 27
On‐demand writing is designed as a way to compare a student’s work over time.   For on‐demand writing students are asked to write to a given topic within a set time frame (usually 50 minutes).  The purpose of this assessment is to see what kind of writing students can produce on their own.  Therefore, teachers do not guide students through the process.  It is not a teaching day, but a day for students to show what they know about writing within a specific text type. 

Grades K-2: Narrative Prompt 
“Let’s each write a true story of one time in our lives that we remember – a piece that shows our best work and that can go on our bulletin board for people to admire. You can work on it today and you’ll have more time tomorrow. Here’s what we’ll write about: There are often people in our lives who are really important to us. Write about one moment you spent with a person who really matters to you. Tell the story of that moment.”
Grades 3-4: Informational Prompt 
“Think of a topic that you’ve studied or know a lot about. Tomorrow, you will have an hour to write an informational (or all-about) text that teaches others interesting and important information and ideas about that topic. If you want to find and use information from a book or another outside source, you may bring that with you tomorrow. Please keep in mind that you’ll have an hour to complete this.”
Grades 5-6: Opinion Prompt 
Think of a topic or issue that you know a lot about or that you have strong feelings about. Tomorrow, you will have an hour to write an opinion or argument text in which you will write your opinion and tell reasons why you feel that way. Use everything you know about essay writing, letter writing, speeches, and reviews. If you want to find and use information from a book or another outside source, you may bring that with you tomorrow. Please keep in mind that you’ll have an hour to complete this. 

Opinion Student Facing Checklists K-10

Click the folders below to access grade level rubrics



Math
* Fact Fluency *
Enter assessment data by September 16, January 13, March 31, and May 27
Grade 1: Addition strategies as taught, Mixed Addition Review at end of year
Grade 2: Mixed Addition Review  quarterly
Grade 3: Mixed Addition Review  quarterly, Multiplication strategies as taughtMixed Multiplication Review at end of year
Grades 4, 5 & 6 : Mixed Addition Review  quarterly, Mixed Multiplication Review quarterly





Kindergarten Data Sheet
* Quarterly Assessments * 
Enter assessment data by end of quarter