Once again, our weather is full of surprises as we prepare for rain and snow over the next few days. Springtime in Colorado!
The fourth quarter of the school year allows for opportunities to measure academic achievement and growth through formal measures. The data received is valuable in evaluating instructional practices, strengths, and areas that will require greater attention. This information is reviewed by grade level teams, individual teachers, and building administrators. Please know that we recognize benchmark assessments as one moment in time and do not replace the significance of teaching and learning that takes place in our classrooms on a daily basis.
As mentioned previously, results from the Iowa assessments were received over spring break. Individual student performance profile narrative reports will be sent home today with the youngest sibling attending St. Paul who took the IOWA’s. The report provides a national percentile rating for every subtest given along with a narrative explanation. Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you have any questions. We are very proud of the collective effort demonstrated by students, grades 1-8.
AimswebPlus spring benchmark assessments will be administered beginning Monday, April 19th and conclude on Friday, April 30th. This on-line measurement evaluates achievement and growth in reading and math for students K through 8th grade. Tests are developmentally appropriate and aligned with grade level literacy and math skills. The impact on daily classroom instruction is minimal. Once again, results will be included with end of year report cards.
Finally, next week we will resume the practice of administering a Religion assessment for children in grades 2-8. Students in 5th grade participate in the ACRE assessment, a standardized test given to children in Catholic schools across the country. This is a valuable process in evaluating instruction and student understanding. All Catholic schools across the Diocese participate.
In closing, we appreciate your support! Students at St. Paul take these measures seriously and give their personal best effort. This in turn, allows us to make informed decisions moving forward and looking to the 2021-2022 school year.
With Gratitude, Sandy and Jim
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”