The standardized testing process is a tool that Christ the Teacher Catholic School utilizes in various ways, including individualized learning plans, projected future test scores, and classroom lesson modifications. Here is a quick overview of the tests given, how the data is used, and why we view this process as such a huge benefit to a positive and dynamic learning environment.
What tests do we utilize?
CTCS currently uses the MAP standardized test (Measures of Academic Progress). Students in K – 8th are tested in both math and reading three times per year – fall, winter, and spring. This testing series reveal how much growth has occurred between testing events. These tests are aligned to the Washington State Standards, but the goals of our educators are not to “teach to the test.” Rather, we use the tests as a chance to identify opportunities to help our students succeed long term. Results are available immediately, which allows educators to adjust lesson plans within the classroom within days or weeks.
How do we use the testing data we collect?
The test results are individualized to the student and show a percentile ranking as compared to national norms across four categories in math and reading. Once educators have this information by student, they can create individualized learning plans and continue to track progress on an individual student level. Formalized plans are then created to support students on both the bottom quartile (focused on reviewing material to create a better foundation for the student) and the top quartile (focused on challenging growth). At the middle school level, the test results are used to identify students who may benefit in attending an after-school math tutoring program.
What makes CTCS unique?
At CTCS, we view standardized testing as a way to supplement our entire teaching philosophy, but we teach beyond the test as well. The test is only a single tool used to identify opportunities to serve our students better and ensure long term educational success, and involvement in the process is a responsibility from the teacher level to the administration level. Testing throughout the year allows us to gauge effectiveness of lessons and individualized learning, but also gives us the chance to course correct throughout the year.
Your child has just recently completed the Fall testing session. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know, but anticipate your teacher discussing your child’s results with you during parent/teacher conferences later this fall.