The purpose of assessment in Spring Lake Park Schools is to gather data about student learning for a variety of uses. Assessment data is analyzed to measure and monitor progress toward student learning, to communicate academic growth, to personalize and engage students in learning, and to evaluate educational programs.
Spring Lake Park’s comprehensive assessment program balances Assessments FOR Learning and Assessments OF Learning. These assessments are used to produce informed instruction, to help gauge the effectiveness of curriculum and programs, and ultimately to improve student learning.
Assessments FOR Learning are formative assessments that happen while learning is occurring. They are used to diagnose student needs, plan instruction, and provide students with feedback they can use to improve their work. An example of this would be an assessment given during a unit to measure student progress towards the identified learning targets so that the teacher can modify instruction accordingly.
Assessments OF Learning are summative assessments used to sum up achievement at a particular point of time. These occur after learning has happened. These assessments are used to measure achievement status at a point in time for the purpose of reporting and accountability. For example, end-of-trimester tests, MAP tests, and the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA-IIIs) are examples of assessments OF learning.
A battery of assessments is necessary because they provide important information to a variety of stakeholders. By providing an assessment program that balances Assessments OF Learning and Assessments FOR Learning, Spring Lake Park Schools show a commitment to continually monitor student progress and improve instruction.