Instruction and Assessment

Benchmark Assessments

Benchmark assessments are standards-based, administered and used throughout the year to gauge student progress through the curriculum and Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. Students are assessed 3 - 4 times a year in each grade level/content area.  Teachers use remedial skills lessons and other resources for continued reteaching for struggling students.  

Instruction and Formative Assessment

Progress Monitoring is used to track student data and provide recommendations for reteaching. For students who need additional instruction, each skill lesson has a related remedial skill lesson that can be assigned at any point in the year. Progress toward standards mastery is ongoing  throughout the school year.  Formative assessment is embedded in instructional activities, including:

  • Discussion/Student Participation
  • Running Records
  • Annotations
  • Q & A
  • Reading quizzes
  • Vocabulary Activities
  • Writing Samples
  • Entry/Exit 
  • Rubrics
  • Progress Monitoring Assessments
  • Daily work
  • Discussion/Student Participation
  • Entry/Exit Work
  • Quizzes
  • Dipsticks
  • Student Response to Feedback

Standards-Based Report Card

A new standards-based report cards for the new K-5 Elementary School are under construction and will be published upon completion.