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Hamilton County Math Benchmark Assessments - Students in Grades K-8

Purpose & Use

Students in grades 1 & 2 will be assessed 4 times during the year; Kindergarten students will be assessed 3 times during the year; and students in grades 3-8 will be assessed 3 times in preparation for TCAP assessments.  These benchmark assessments will provide teachers with the students' understanding of mathematical concepts over time.  The information is used to make instructional decisions for each student regarding needs in Math.

Administration Dates

October 2-5 - Grades 1-8

December 4-8 - Grades K-8

March 12-15 - Grades K-8

May 7-11 - Grades K-2

Results to Parents & Students

Results will be provided to teachers approximately a week following the assessment and may or may not appear as a class assignment grade for the student.  Results may be discussed during parent/teacher conferences if requested.

 

 

Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Students in Grades K-5

Purpose & Use

Students in grades K-5 will be assessed 3 times during the school year.  The Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment is used to identify a student's current reading level and progress along a gradient of text levels over time.  The information is used to make instructional decisions for each student regarding needs in Reading.

Administration Dates

Round #1 - August 14-September 1 for grades 1-5

  August 14-September 15 for Kindergarten

Round #2 - November 27-December 11 for grades K-5

Round #3 - April 30-May 16 for grades K-5

Results to Parents & Students

Parents will be informed of the results during parent conferences or upon request

 

 

Easy CBM Universal Screener - Grades K-8

Purpose & Use

In the context of an RTI prevention model, universal screening is the first step in identifying the students who are at risk for learning difficulties. It is the mechanism for targeting students who struggle to learn when provided a scientific, evidence-based general education. Universal screening is conducted up to three times per school year (fall, winter, and spring). Universal screening measures consist of brief assessments focused on target skills (e.g., phonological awareness, computational fluency) that are highly predictive of future outcomes.

The first assessment will determine the reading level for each student.  The second and third assessments will evaluate the growth over the course of the school year.

Administration Dates

Round #1 - August 15-September 9

Round #2 - November 28-December 16

Round #3 - May 1-May 25 

Results

 The results are discussed at parent/teacher conferences.

 

 

iReady Universal Screener - Grades K-8

Purpose & Use

In the context of an RTI prevention model, universal screening is the first step in identifying the students who are at risk for learning difficulties. It is the mechanism for targeting students who struggle to learn when provided a scientific, evidence-based general education. Universal screening is conducted up to three times per school year (fall, winter, and spring). Universal screening measures consist of brief assessments focused on target skills (e.g., phonological awareness, computational fluency) that are highly predictive of future outcomes.

Administration Dates

Round #1 - August 15-September 9

Round #2 - November 28-December 16

Round #3 - May 1-May 25

Results

The results are discussed during parent/teacher conferences.

 

 

Bracken Basic Concepts Scale-Third Edition Revised (BBCS-3:R) - Pre-K students

Purpose & Use

Evaluate the acquisition of basic concepts of a child, which is strongly related to cognitive and language development as well as early childhood academic achievement.  In the BBCS-3:R, the child points to a picture.  This is a nonverbal task.  Teachers administer tests 1-5 (School Readiness Composite) which are 1) Color, 2) Letters & Sounds, 3) Numbers & Counting, 4) Sizes & Comparisons, and 5) Shapes.

The results are used to 1) determine if the child has mastered the skills assessed, 2) determine if a child has deficits in concept development that may need intervention, and 3) plan instruction.

Administration Dates

First Assessment - the assessment is administered during phase-in.  For those students who enroll after phase-in, the assessment should be administered within 7 days of a student's enrollment in class.  Post-tests will be administered during the month of May 2018.

Results to Parents & Students

The results are discussed at parent/teacher conferences.

 

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