Just as being a good reader is critical for student success in school, it is also very important for parents to be aware of student progress during the school year.
In addition to regular classroom grades, district/school benchmark assessments are given to students regularly throughout the year in an effort to identify student strengths and weaknesses. Although district guidelines only rely on classroom grades for promotion/retention decisions, there are factors that predict student success other than classroom grades.
The classroom grades required for grade level promotion are achieved with only the minimum basic skills mastered. The elementary measures the success of a student by classroom grades, district assessments, and predictive screeners in an effort to best prepare our students for future school success.
Each fall all students are tested using the NWEA computer program to determine the beginning level of each student and to identify individual student strengths and weaknesses. Kindergarten students are also tested using the state required MKAS test (STAR Early Literacy Test).
The NWEA screener will be given again in the winter and spring and the state MKAS test again in the spring in order to monitor student growth and to ensure the continued success of each student.
The test scores for the NWEA screener and state MKAS test will be sent to parents after each benchmark test. The goal for each student is to be on grade level or above in reading and math at the end of each school year. Therefore, the goal on the NWEA test is for every NPE student to attain the 60% percentile by the spring benchmark test. In order to be adequately prepared for first grade, the MKAS goal for every NPE kindergarten student is 698 on the spring test.