Running Head: Assessment practices within a local Virginia school and ABC Public Schools (Pseudonym).
Local Assessment Practices: Description and Reflections
Assessments in schools are nothing new and definitely are not a careless matter. Informal assessments are given in the classroom by teachers to determine students’ strengths and weaknesses in a specific skill or by formal assessments given by the school, district, or state that must demonstrate adequate yearly progress, better known as AYP. Students with disabilities are not excluded; they are required by federal law to participate in the state wide tests and standards of learning with the eligibility of accommodations during testing.
Description of School Based/County Wide Assessment Practices
I currently work for a school that gives formal and informal assessments based on the student and the class teacher. All students must participate in the state-wide Standards of Learning (SOL). For the students who are receiving special education services, based on a team decision, some are assessed by taking the Virginia Grade Level Alternative (VGLA) or the Virginia Alternate Assessment Program (VAAP) which allow the students to receive the appropriate accommodations necessary for the specific needs of the student to participate in the state-wide standards of learning tests. Specifically, for the last two years at my school there has been a huge push from the administration for all teachers to use the ABC Public Schools Electronic Curriculum Assessment Resource Tool, known as eCart. This allows teachers to align instruction, curriculum, and assessment. eCart provides formative and summative multiple-choice format assessments with the most current curriculum and resources for planning and delivering instruction in a searchable tool. eCart also allows teachers to create and deliver both county-wide and teacher created assessments. eCart county-created resources are all aligned with...