DRAFT Parkway Student Assessment System: Guiding Principles
We believe that …
the Parkway assessment system ensures we attend to each of the components in the Parkway mission
– students as capable, curious, and confident, able to understand and respond to the ever-changing
we assess what we value as a school district, so we continually work to develop, use, and refine
assessments to align with mission, vision and learning principles
because the Parkway mission involves ‘the ever-changing world,’ Parkway’s assessment system must
be adaptable to changes external to our district, such as state-required assessment, and internal to our
district, such as a change in our data collection needs
a major commitment of the Parkway assessment system is to empower ALL students, preK-12, and
their teachers, parents, and administrators with ongoing information about their progress as learners.
a quality assessment system for our district considers whether assessments are appropriate in number,
kind, and quality to measure student progress toward the Parkway mission.
Roles and Responsibilities
Students are responsible for
tracking their progress on learning goals for each subject and reflecting on where and how they are
able to transfer their learning.
Teachers are responsible for
helping students self-assess
helping students understand their assessment data at multiple levels of the system, including
individual, grade, building and district, so that they can monitor their own progress and set goals
aligned with the Parkway mission.
communicating and/or helping students to communicate with parents on a consistent and timely basis
about the learning targets, as well as the progress students are making toward the target.
connecting parents with assessment information to help them understand their child’s development
toward achieving the Parkway mission.
Building Teams are responsible for
collecting and analyzing student data on a timely basis to inform a responsive system to meet
individual learners’ needs through intervention and enrichment.
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Building Administrators are responsible for
creating structures and systems, at the building level, to cause student growth based upon assessment
using student assessment data, including classroom and school growth data, to track progress,
promote discussion and development, and inform decisions
monitoring, developing, and supporting teachers in their roles and responsibilities
linking parents with the purposes and uses of assessment, including how to access this information.
Curriculum Coordinators are responsible for
analyzing growth and snapshot data at the building and district levels to inform the work of the
professional learning team, teacher study groups, and curriculum writing teams.
working collaboratively with building PMI teams to collect information that informs decisions regarding
interventions and/or extended learning opportunities, such as summer school.
collecting data for program evaluation.
The District Assessment and Data (DAD) Action Team under the leadership of the Assessment Coordinator is
recommending an assessment system and specific assessments that meet our needs regarding student
creating and maintaining technology system(s) needed to ensure timely use of assessment data (i.e.
identifying and providing needed support (tools and training) to teachers and administrators.
on-going review of the assessment system to ensure it is meeting its goals.
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