RECOMMENDED ASSESSMENT STRATEGIES
R.S.U. No. 67 has been working for more than a decade to help teachers, PK-12, understand the importance of using quality assessments to inform and guide decisions about teaching and learning. From 1999 to 2009, the district had an Assessment Committee whose job it was to develop a comprehensive philosophy of assessment and policies consistent with that philosophy. From 2004 through 2007, the district developed K-12 local assessments in English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, health, and physical education; implemented them; and maintained a database of results. The Local Assessment System (LAS) was discontinued in 2007-08, however, when the state published the 2007 Maine Learning Results: Parameters for Essential Instruction since assessments were aligned to 1997 standards, not the 2007 standards.
Because of dwindling financial resources and the need to devote time to developing and implementing school-based Response to Intervention Plans by August 2012, the R.S.U. No. 67 Assessment Committee was replaced by a district Response to Intervention Planning Team in 2009-10. Recent efforts to rebuild the LAS have been focused exclusively at the high school where teachers are working with the Director of Curriculum and Academic Achievement to develop common assessments aligned to 2007 MLRs for core classes. Common assessments, K-8, will be developed as needed and as resources permit.
R.S.U. No. 67 currently uses data from the following externally designed assessments to monitor achievement in some grades and content areas:
To assist teachers in writing quality assessments and selecting appropriate assessment strategies, the following links and resources are recommended:
Checklists for Writing Effective Test Items
Study guides to books used by R.S.U. No. 67 to establish assessment literacy are located on this site.
The following text (including two CDs of resource information and video footage) has also been used as the basis for building assessment literacy among teachers:
All of these books are available through the professional library housed at the Office of the Director of Curriculum and Academic Achievement.
R.S.U. No. 67 maintains an extensive, up-to-date professional library of books and audio-visual resources that teachers may use to keep themselves current. Those resources can be searched via the Ella P. Burr library database.