State Mandated Assessments
PARCC (Reading and Math)
✓ 3, 4 or 5 is passing
SBA (Science) Juniors only
✓ 3, 4 or 5 is passing
✓ English Language Proficiency Assessment
Technology Leadership High School Assessments
STAR 360 Math and Reading
✓ August, January, and May
✓ Assesses your child’s grade level for Math and Reading
Developmental Asset Profile (DAP)
✓ The beginning of the year
✓ End of the year
✓ Capstone Project (Senior Year)
At Tech we focus on Performance Assessments to Demonstrate Competency of Knowledge and Skills of all students. Tech students demonstrate in public exhibitions 4 times a year. Performance Assessments measure students’ ability to apply the skills and knowledge learned from their projects. All projects are hands-on learning and allow the student to learn by doing. Performance Assessments “represent a set of strategies for the . . . application of knowledge, skills, and work habits through the performance of tasks that are meaningful and engaging to students” This type of assessment provides teachers with information about how a child understands and applies knowledge. The benefit of Performance Assessments are well documented in the students’ online portfolio.
Performance Assessments are the main demonstration of competency for Tech Students. The phenomenon of “teaching to the test” in large-scale assessment is familiar to teachers and, when standardized tests focus on recall of information in short answer or multiple choice, it can drive instruction to more effective methods of memorization over deeper learning.
Performance Assessments emphasize what students can do or create, not just what they know. This type of assessment provides information about how students understand and apply knowledge, as well as their thinking and reasoning. Use Performance Assessments to make observations on a student’s performance within a specific time frame and setting. Checklists, scoring guides, and rubrics are created before the observation takes place and are then shared with students so that they know the requirements or necessary skills in advance and can prepare for them. This allows students the freedom to work on those skills or areas where they feel they might be weak.
When students create products, such as models, presentations, and publications, their work is authentic, resembling the kind of work that people do in real life. A carefully designed Performance Assessment will require critical thinking and problem solving, the deep understanding of relevant concepts and the proficient use of appropriate skills. Performance Assessments allows students to make some choices about format and topic so they can use their strengths and interests to support their learning.
Effective Performance assessments must address several factors. Determining the purpose of the assessment is paramount to a successful assessment.
✓ Identify the concept, skill, strategy, or knowledge that is being assessed
✓ Identify the standards and knowledge that students need to know
✓ Identify the level the students should be performing at within the project
✓ Identify the 21st century skills that are being assessed
✓ Identify the overall performance, task and final to be assessed
✓ List the important aspects of the performance or product
✓ The number of performance criteria is 7 or less for each task for the project
✓ Teachers and industry partners identify the important skills included in a task
✓ Performance criteria is observable student skills and product characteristics