Based upon the analysis of our 2014-2015 Continuous School Improvement Plan and our historica Terra Nova achievement test scores in grades 3, 5 and 7, we will continue to focus on student achievement in the areas of Reading and Mathematics during the 2015-2016 school year.
One major difference for us will be that in April of 2016, all students in grades 3-8 will be required to take the ASPIRE summative assessments. We anticipate that these assessments will be more rigorous than the Terra Nova tests and while we cannot make a 1-1 comparison between Terra Nova scores in 2015 and ASPIRE scores in 2016, we will learn more about how well our students are achieving.
More information on the assessments can be found at http://www.discover act aspire.org/assessments/test-items/. We will be utilizing the paper and pencil edition of these tests in April.
Our goal is that all students in grades 3-8 will achieve at the 90th percentile in both Reading and Mathematics. In order to monitor our progress throughout the 2015-2016 school year, we will also be utilizing some interim assessments that are being developed for use by all Archdiocesan schools by the GAINS group. They will be creating assessments for grades 3-8 that focus on the Common Core goals in English Language Arts and Mathematics. You will be learning more about these assessments when we return to school in August.
Until then, have a great summer and remember to have your child read and write daily, and practice solving and writing about how they derived solutions to real-life mathematics problems.