Rondout School District 72 believes that high quality assessment in an integral part of effective instructional processes. Assessment can take many forms from high stakes standardized tests to informal teacher observations. Establishing measurable goals and targeted outcomes provides direction and focus. An emphasis of the whole child challenges Rondout to differentiate what can be validly and reliably measured/ quantified to areas which require a more qualitative approach to evaluate student progress. There are also those many intangibles that defy quantification and are hard to measure.
Rondout values providing students with meaningful, real-life learning experiences which support students’ college and career readiness, academic and life success. Common core components, 21st century skills and new literacies continue to be embedded into the overall curricular experience. The comprehensive assessment framework unique to Rondout is built upon and grounded in reliable and valid measurement tools that provide each child with an individualized learning plan and a strong educational foundation. Time spent on measuring progress is balanced with active learning and research-based holistic approaches to teaching and learning. On a daily basis, teachers use data to inform their practice, evaluate student performance and guide decision making.
Parents receive regular updates about their child’s progress based on data obtained by the framework tools which consider the needs of the whole child from social-emotional learning, to fitness to academic achievement. Report cards are distributed three times per year with interim progress reports each trimester. Each school year begins with an “intake” parent conference that sets the stage for the important partnership with parents and students. Another check-in conference is scheduled early in December to insure that the learning process is on track. Parents are welcome to reach out to teachers as needed to set up additional conferences and teachers often reach out to parents to gather and share feedback about students’ growth, interests , strengths and needs. Late in the fall each year, parents are invited to a conference to review their child’s updated Individual Learning Improvement Plan (ISLIP) with Dr. Wojcik. These conferences review the child’s progress over time including a predictive analysis of anticipated performance and a deep dive into test performance based upon a specific error analysis process.
Rondout remains committed to excellence and to providing students with a strong educational experience that balances Common Core and fundamental skills. While Rondout believes in the power of assessment, it also believes that each child is more than a sum of his/her test scores while acknowledging that these test scores may be the gatekeepers which open and close doors to opportunities in life. Utilization of our existing assessment framework supports the measurement of both individual student growth and program effectiveness in order to optimize each child’s success as a learner.
The 2014-2015 Assessment Update linked below provides an overview of student performance and an agenda highlighting areas for growth and school improvement. Questions regarding this report or the overall assessment framework should be directed to Dr. Jenny Wojcik, Superintendent, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Assessment Update 2014 2015