TESTING IN JORDAN
Jordan Schools uses multiple assessments to measure student success. The results of the tests and assessments students take are used in a variety of ways including:
- Instructional Planning: Results are used by teachers to help plan instruction and monitor progress.
- Differentiation: Results are used by teachers to identify the need for differentiated instruction—how different students need to be taught in different ways.
- Placement: Results are used as one of the criteria for participation in programs (i.e. MOSAIC, Key) and classes (i.e. Accelerated Math, Enriched Science).
- School Improvement: Results are used by schools and the district to evaluate programs and plan improvements.
- Accountability: Results are used by the district as an accountability measurement and/or to fulfill the requirements of state and federal legislation.
- College and Career Readiness: Results are used to indicate readiness for post-secondary success and inform course selection and career interests.
Jordan Schools is committed to each student to learn continuously, to eliminate achievement disparities, and to determine a process for assessing student learning. The assessments currently used by the district include:
- The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) and alternate assessment, Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS), are the statewide tests that help measure student progress toward Minnesota's academic standards and meet the requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Students take one test in each subject. Most students take the MCA, but students who receive special education services and meet eligibility criteria may take the MTAS. Additional information and resources are available at www.pearsonaccess.com. These assessments are given to students in Grades 3-11 and consist of the following content areas: Reading for Grades 3-8 and 10 (approximately 2.5 - 3.5 hours), Mathematics for Grades 3-8 and 11 (approximately 1.5 - 2.5 hours) and Science for Grades 5, 8 and 10 (approximately 1.5 - 2.0 hours).
- NWEA Measures of Academic Progress™ (MAP) tests determine a student's instructional level and academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year in the areas of Reading and Math. MAP tests are unique in that they are online adaptive tests. That means that the test became more difficult the more questions a student answers correctly. When a child incorrectly answers a question, the test became easier. Therefore, each student takes a test specifically created for his or her learning level. A student’s MAP results are reported in RIT scores. This is a different type of score than a typical test that provides a percentage correct. It is also different from many tests that provide results based on a student’s score compared to others in his or her grade level. Instead, the RIT score is an equal-interval scale that is independent of grade level (e.g., feet and inches). As a result, we can easily measure growth in learning. This type of score increases the value of the tests as a tool to improve student learning because it enables teachers to recognize where to focus attention for each student’s learning. For more information on resources for parents, download the Parent Toolkit at www.nwea.org. This assessment is used for students in Grades K-8 and consists of the following content areas: Reading (approximately 50 minutes) and Math (approximately 50 minutes). These content areas are assessed on separate days.
- The ACCESS for ELLs and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs are the assessments developed by the WIDA consortium and administered to English learners in order to measure progress toward meeting Minnesota’s standards for English language development, developed by the WIDA consortium. Most English learners will take the ACCESS for ELLs, but English learners who received special education services and meet the participation guidelines may take the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs. Additional information is available at https://www.wida.us/. This assessment is used for students in Grades K-12 and has four domains: Listening (approximately 40 minutes), Reading (approximately 35 minutes), Speaking (approximately 35 minutes) and Writing (approximately 60 minutes). The assessment for each domain is given on separate days.
In addition, Jordan Schools measure career and college readiness with assessments in grades 10, and 11.
- ACT’s PreACT is a required graduation assessment to provide information to grade 10 students, their parents, and educators about students’ achievement in Reading, English, Mathematics, and Science. A Composite Score (score range 1-32) summarizes performance across all four academic tests. In addition to the academic tests, students complete an interest inventory and needs assessment. For more information about the PLAN test, please visit the ACT Web site at http://act.org/pre-act/. This assessment is offered to students in Grade 10 and takes approximately 3 hours.
- ACT Plus Writing is a required graduation assessment to provide information to grade 11 students, their parents, and educators regarding the level of preparedness for postsecondary success on a nationally recognized college entrance exam. a Composite Score (score range 1-36) summarizes performance across all four academic tests. In addition to the academic tests, students complete an interest inventory. For more information on the ACT test, please visit the ACT Web site at http://act.org/. This assessment is offered to students in Grade 11 and takes approximately 4 hours.