The use of formative and summative assessments are an integral aspect of instruction at IAS. Teachers rely on assessments to determine how well students understand content and can apply their knowledge. The review of assessment data is a part of the Data Team process that all teachers utilized. Teachers are expected to provide engaging instruction, assess students in a variety of ways, review data and personalize instruction based on the students’ needs.
The school’s assessment plan includes administration of teacher created formative and summative assessments, the Georgia Milestones Assessment System (Georgia Milestones) for grades 3 through 6, Georgia Kindergarten Assessment (GKIDS), and Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) Measures of Academic Progress (MAP).
Students in grades 3 through 6 take an end-of-grade assessment in English Language Arts and mathematics while students in the 5th grade are also assessed in science and social studies. To learn more about the purpose of the Georgia Milestone and to find resources for teachers and parents click here.
IAS scholars also engage in taking MAP Growth 2-3 times each school year. MAP Growth is a computer-adaptive test. If your child answers a question correctly, the next question is more challenging. If they answer incorrectly, the next one is easier. This continues until a balance is reached. This type of assessment challenges top performers without overwhelming students whose skills are below grade level. After each administration of MAP Growth, your scholar’s school family analyzes the data to make instructional decisions that are prescriptive to each scholar’s needs.