Standardized test scores are not the only measure of a school’s quality. These tests are designed to assess an individual student’s performance as compared to all students nationally. They do not compare one school’s quality to another. Many factors should be considered when choosing a school, including educational philosophy, curriculum quality, teacher credentials, class size, location, cost, availability of resources, discipline policy, opportunities for parental involvement and communications.
Each year, Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY) conducts a talent search based on standardized test scores. To qualify, 4th-8th grade students must score in the 95th percentile in the verbal, total math and/or total battery. Monsignor Slade is proud to announce that this year 13% of our students are eligible to participate in JHU's Center for Talented Youth programs.
Archdiocese of Baltimore Schools transitioned to the NWEA® MAP® Growth™ assessment to gauge instructional effectiveness and student learning for Grades 2-8. MAP Growth is the standard-bearer for measuring achievement and growth in K-12 math, reading, language usage, and science. The assessment dynamically adjusts to each student’s performance creating a personalized assessment experience that accurately measures achievement–whether a student performs on, above, or below grade level.
Students will be assessed using MAP Growth three times each year. This practice reveals how much growth has occurred between testing events and combined with other norms, shows projected proficiency. Reliable insights make it simple for teachers to find common areas of need among their students, identify students who could benefit from intervention, and determine which instructional strategies are generating the most academic growth. Higher-level reports provide administrators with the context to drive improvement across entire schools and educational systems. MAP Growth student reports also present realistic learning goals by subject areas so that, through a teacher’s guidance, students can individually see their progress and be inspired to take charge of their own learning.
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