Mapleton Public School’s Testing and Assessment program incorporates statewide testing, local standardized testing, classroom assignments, performance assessment, and observation to provide a complete profile of student achievement and curricular strengths and weaknesses.
The primary assessment we use is the North Dakota State Assessment (NDSA) Smarter Assessment. We use Star Reading, Star Math, and Star Early Literacy to monitor the progress of students. These tests allow us to update data more regularly with immediate testing results. Mapleton School staff test for the purposes of learning and for learning.
While most people are familiar with the process of testing for the purpose of determining what learning has occurred, recent research indicates that students can further increase their learning and achievement when teachers also assess for learning in their classrooms. What this means is that our staff has been trained to use assessments that may include:
- interactive whiteboards with activotes and activexpressions,
- Accelerated Reading quizzes,
- performance-based testing and projects,
- and written tests
to determine what the students know, what they need to know, and what curriculum to develop to ensure that they understand the learning goals. The student learning drives the curriculum, just as the curriculum drives the performance goals. This is called assessment for learning.
Compared to both national norms and statewide test results, Mapleton students perform very well.
How can you help your child do well on tests and during testing?
- Be sure your child is well rested for several days before the test.
- Be sure your child has a good breakfast that includes protein on test days.
- Be sure your child has the opportunity to engage in sufficient physical activities.
- Reinforce and support your child’s confidence, and soothe any test anxiety. Remind him/her to do their best, but that s/he is not expected to know all of the answers.
If you would like more information, you can go to ND Department of Public Instruction for the state’s yearly report card on the Mapleton School District