How We Use Assessments

Ensuring Academic Success through Assessments

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Marion Academy uses proven assessments to measure student’s current ability, student progress, and Teacher Effectiveness.

Before we create an individual graduation plan and course schedule for students, we assess their current reading and math levels. This allows us to place students in appropriate courses to ensure academic success.

Along with all state-mandated assessments, Marion Academy will use the following assessments to measure student’s current ability, student progress, and Teacher Effectiveness:

Scholastic Reading Inventory Assessments

Students in remedial reading will be assessed using the Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) six to eight (6-8) times a year. All other students will be assessed using the SRI three (3) times a year.
Rationale:

  • Provides diagnostic measures of students’ reading levels
  • Provides standards-aligned performance data to inform instruction

Scholastic Math Inventory Assessments

Students will be assessed using the Scholastic Math Inventory (SMI) 3-5 times per year.
Rationale:

  • Provides diagnostic measures of students’ skills in mathematics
  • Provides standards-aligned instructional recommendations based on students’ Quartile measure to inform differentiated instruction

Acuity Predictive Assessments

Students will be assessed using Acuity Predictive Assessments for both Algebra I and English 10 three (3) times a year.
Rationale:

  • Provides diagnostic measures of student’s foundational skills
  • Provides standards-aligned performance data to inform instruction

Curriculum-Based Assessments

Marion Academy will also use common curriculum-based assessments at the end of each unit and at the end of the year. Acuity assessments will be used to monitor students’ readiness for End-of-Course Assessments in Algebra I and English 10. Detailed data analysis from these assessments will take place, and teachers will use data from these assessments to continue to target instruction based on students’ needs.

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