DVUSD Science AssessmentsIn grades K-6 district Science assessments consist of unit pre/post tests that are administered via paper/pencil or through the districts online testing system, SchoolCity. District Science assessments for grades seven and eight consist of multiple choice semester exams. High School Science course assessments consist of two parts. Students take a multiple choice exam at the end of each semester to assess content knowledge. Students also participate in a performance assessment that indicates their proficiency in utilizing the scientific method in conjunction with the course content.DVUSD Assessment PhilosophyAssessment is the systematic collection of data about student learning based on standards and the use of that data to create a continuous cycle of improved teaching and learning. The DVUSD learning community believes that assessment is for student learning, is student-centered and involves a commitment by all stakeholders.
DVUSD Assessment IntentDistrict assessments are a part of an effective assessment system intended to determine both a current student performance level and measure of the guaranteed and viable, standards-based curriculum implemented across the district. In order to inform instruction, measure student learning, and close achievement gaps, DVUSD endorses the use of diverse classroom assessment data, such as formative, summative, performance-based, portfolio, and student observation. Results are used in conjunction with district, state, and national assessment data to form a picture of student learning. DVUSD celebrates data indicators that provide opportunity for growth in the goal of providing an extraordinary educational experience for all students.
DVUSD Approach to Assessment
DVUSD’s approach to assessment includes appropriate periodicity within each content area and a focus on five measurement purposes:
- baseline (beginning level of knowledge prior to instruction)
- inform instruction (level of understanding throughout instruction)
- show content mastery (summative)
- gauge student growth (summary of learning attained over a period of time)
- predict success (expectation of future performance)