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    Descriptions of Assessments

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  • State Assessments

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  • The Pennsylvania System of State Assessment (PSSA) is a standards-based, criterion referenced assessment used to measure a student’s attainment of academic standards while determining the degree to which school programs enable students to attain proficiency of state standards.
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  • ACCESS is a large-scale test that provides a snapshot of how well students are using the English language within the school context. This English language proficiency assessment for students in K-12 is used to monitor a student’s progress in acquiring English for the academic environment, to plan support for continuing English language development, and to satisfy legal requirements for assessment and accountability.
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  • Keystone Exams are end–of-course assessments designed to assess proficiency in academic content. They measure the Pennsylvania Common Core Standards. Students must demonstrate proficiency in Algebra I, Literature, and Biology in order to graduate. Students have multiple opportunities to take these exams during their middle and high school years. The Keystones will eventually replace PSSA.
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  • Local Assessments

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  • The Northwest Evaluation Association Measures of Academic Progress (NWEA MAP) assessment offers detailed, accurate information regarding a student’s growth and achievement in specific academic areas: reading, math and language usage. It is a state standards aligned, computer-based testing system which adapts to each student in real time as the test progresses. It provides stability, is grade independent and it scores in equal interval units.
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  • Classroom Diagnostic Tools (CDT) are a set of online assessments designed to measure specific student strengths, areas of need, skills, and knowledge throughout the school year to help guide instruction and intervention. The online assessments are available for students in grades 6-high school and are fully aligned with the Standards Aligned System (SAS). The assessments are based on content covered by the Keystone exams and the Pennsylvania System of School Assessments.
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  • Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) are a set of assessments used for a universal screening tool and for progress monitoring. They are standardized, efficient and extensively researched. DIBELS help identify students who may need additional literacy instruction in order to become proficient readers. DIBELS are used in elementary grades.
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  • The Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System (BAS) seamlessly links assessment to instruction along The Continuum of Literacy Learning. This comprehensive system for one-on-one assessment reliably and systematically matches students’ instructional and independent reading abilities to the Fountas and Pinnell Text Level Gradient.
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  • Optional Assessments

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  • Advanced Placement (AP) Exams are rigorous, multiple-component tests that are administered at high schools each May. High school students can earn college credit, placement, or both for qualifying AP Exam scores. Each AP Exam has a corresponding AP course and provides a standardized measure of what students have learned in the AP classroom.
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  • Preliminary SAT (PSAT) is a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT. PSAT is given to students in grade 9, 10, and 11. It measures critical reading skills, math problem-solving skills and writing skills. Students receive feedback on their strengths and weaknesses on ski8lls necessary for college study/ PSAT also serves as a qualifier for scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship C for students in grade 11.
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  • THE SAT and SAT Subject Tests are a suite of tools designed to assess your academic readiness for college. These exams provide a path to opportunities, financial support and scholarships, in a way that's fair to all students. The SAT and SAT Subject Tests keep pace with what colleges are looking for today, measuring the skills required for success in the 21st century. It tests your knowledge of reading, writing and math — subjects that are taught every day in high school classrooms. Most students take the SAT during their junior or senior year of high school, and almost all colleges and universities use the SAT to make admission decisions.
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  • National Assessment 

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  • National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is administered by the commissioner of Education Statistics from the United States Department of Education and is an assessment used to measure what American students know and can do. It is given to students in grades 4, 8, and 12, across states and urban districts, as randomly selected by the United States Department of Education. Not all schools are selected each year and if a school district is selected, not all grades may be tested.
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