The primary purpose of assessment is to improve students’ learning and teachers’ teaching. Assessment for learning is an ongoing process that serves to inform instruction in the classroom. Assessments also serve as a lens through which we can evaluate instruction, curriculum resources and services. West Shore utilizes a variety of assessments, both local and standardized, to monitor student growth and achievement.National and State Assessments
College Board Exams (SATs, ACTS, AP Exams)
The Keystone Exams are end-of-course assessments designed to assess proficiency in three subjects: Algebra I, Literature and Biology. In future years, pending funding, additional Keystone Exams will be administered. The Keystone Exams are one component of Pennsylvania’s system of high school graduation requirements. Keystone Exams will help school districts guide students toward meeting state standards.
Pennsylvania System of School Assessments
annual Pennsylvania System School Assessment is a standards-based,
criterion referenced assessment which provides students, parents,
educators and citizens with an understanding of student and school
performance related to the attainment of proficiency of the
academic standards. These standards in English Language Arts,
Mathematics, and Science and Technology identify what a student should
know and be able to do at varying grade levels. Every Pennsylvania
student in grades 3 through 8 is assessed in English Language Arts
and Math. Every Pennsylvania student in grades 4 and 8 is assessed in
science. Individual student scores, provided only to their respective
schools, can be used to assist teachers in identifying students who may
be in need of additional educational opportunities, and school scores
provide information to schools and districts for curriculum and
instruction improvement discussions and planning. District Progress Monitoring
for ELLs (Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English
State-to-State for English Language Learners) is a secure large-scale
English language proficiency assessment given to Kindergarten through
12th graders who have been identified as English language learners
(ELLs). It is given annually in WIDA Consortium member states to monitor
students' progress in acquiring academic English. ACCESS for ELLs is
only available to Consortium member states.
Aimsweb is the leading K-12 assessment solution that provides academic assessments in reading, math, and language arts; browser-based scoring to assess and upload results real-time using your tablet, phone, or computer; data management and dynamic reporting – all in one complete online system. With aimsweb you can efficiently screen, set goals, progress monitor and manage your student data and reports, putting powerful data right at your finger tips.
Classroom Diagnostic Tools
are used in Literature, Mathematics, and Science at the high school
level. CDTs provide a snapshot on why and how students may still be
struggling or exceeding grade and/or course competencies. The CDT data,
along with other data, informs instruction in a timely and efficient
Available for use in the classroom throughout the school year.
Provide real-time results, ensuring valid and reliable measures, of students’ skills with links to Materials and Resources in SAS.
student strengths and areas of need thus becoming part of the
discussions between teachers, parents/ guardians, and students to set
individual learning goals.
The Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS)
are a set of procedures and measures for assessing the acquisition of
early literacy skills. WSSD uses DIBELS in grades kindergarten through
second grade. They are designed to be short (one minute) fluency
measures used to regularly monitor the development of early literacy and
early reading skills.
Developmental Reading Assessment
The Developmental Reading Assessment®, is a formative reading assessment in which teachers are able to systemically observe, record, and evaluate changes in student reading performance. DRA is a proven, criterion-referenced assessment and includes recommendations for scaffolded support to increase student reading proficiency.
is an assessment of cognitive abilities that includes verbal reasoning,
sequences, analogies, and quantitative reasoning. WSSD uses InView
results to reliably measure skills and abilities important for academic
success, help plan effective programs for our students, diagnose
possible learning disabilities, and screen students for placement into
Study Island Study
Island is an on-line tool used in grades 3-8 to support reading and
math instruction at WSSD. It incorporates research-based principles in
order to help our students and schools meet their goals in major content
areas. The program is aligned to state standards and provides results
to guide instruction. Students have access to this resource at home as
well as at school.