Assessment is the process of gathering data. More specifically, assessment is the ways instructors gather data about their teaching and their students’ learning.”
(Hanna & Dettmer, 2004)
This afternoon, your students’ MAP results were sent home with them. When reviewing and discussing your students’ progress (over the extended Trimester II break), please keep in mind:
- MAP tests are individualized measures of performance in Reading, and Math. Tests are taken on the computer, and the results help teachers, parents, and administrators improve learning for all students. The results help us work together to make informed decisions that promote your students’ academic growth.
- MAP tests are adaptive, which means that the test is designed to target each student’s academic performance. These tests are tailored to each student’s current achievement level. The computer adjusts the difficulty level of the questions as the test progresses. Therefore, each student takes a unique test. The assessment also has a standard deviation variable, which lets us know if the student is “disengaged”, and if the test results are valid.
- As parents, and as teachers, our primary focus is on the “blue” line, which shows your student’s individual growth. Students’ growth per grade level is also captured in the chart below.
School Data Breakdown Below
- Growth (The Number One Goal)
- AISM Norms
- US Norms
- African International School Association Norms*
- American Overseas Schools Norms*
Best wishes and a special appreciation for working with us to wrap up the second Trimester. We are looking forward to seeing a very well rested community on MONDAY, MARCH 18TH, for the start of Trimester III.
We will be having two external visitors from the Office of Overseas Schools. Details will follow after the break, as one of the visitors will be embedded in our school to see “how our school, which follows best practices, works!”…and also “how AISM has such great student growth, and how we can further personalize the students’ learning.” Ms. Katie Fowle (A master overseas teacher, who worked at four posts … thus far) will be working with our team next Thursday and Friday on the following:
A. Assist EYP team with classroom management strategies and play-based learning practices.
B. Work with K – 5 Early Years Team on using MAP data to further assist in personalized student learning.
C. School wide inclusive classroom community activities and routines
Please note, as is our tradition, the school may adjust our dismissal schedule to maximize her short-term impact in bringing quality professional development to our community. In addition to working with our faculty, Ms. Fowle will also be working with our parent community sharing her experiences both as a teacher, and parent (of two great students) who transitioned seamlessly between International Schools and the United States.
Final Reminder: Moments ago, your students’ Trimester II grades were posted on Jupiter.
AISM uses the Jupiter Ed online Portal to help keep our parents informed about their child’s progress. Both students and parents can login anytime to check current grades, homework, missing assignments, test scores, report cards (end of trimesters), and to contact teachers.
Have a great recess,