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  • 4001-R4: Academic Testing – “Standardized norm-referenced achievement tests and criterion- referenced tests are administered to selected groups of students to evaluate individual academic achievement and the strengths and weaknesses of school and district programs…”

Exhibit 4.1.1 shows the tests administered by the Clover Park School District for the 2000-2001 school year. The testing program includes the following assessments.

  • Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA): An individually administered measure of student reading ability that focuses on accuracy and fluency skills, the DRA is administered to all second grade students in the Clover Park School District and is how the district fulfills the state requirement to assess second grade reading using a valid and reliable reading instrument.

  • Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS)/Iowa Tests of Educational Development (ITED): These tests are published by the Riverside Publishing Company and are among the most administered norm- referenced tests in the nation. The ITBS/ITED allows comparisons to be made between the performance of Clover Park School District students with other students in the State of Washington and the nation. The ITBS is administered to students in grades three and eight in reading, language arts, and mathematics. The ITED is administered to students in grade eleven in reading and mathematics.

  • Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL): Developed by the State of Washington, the WASL is designed to assess students knowledge of factual information and their ability to apply in a variety of ways. Data generated from the WASL show how close students came to meeting the learning standard established by the state. The WASL includes assessments in writing, listening, reading, and mathematics and is administered to students in grades 4, 7, and 10.

  • Criterion-referenced Tests in Mathematics and Language Arts (CRT): Developed by School Research and Service Corporation under contract to the Clover Park School District and with district input, these criterion-referenced selected response assessments are administered at grades 5 and 8 in mathematics and language arts.

  • Additionally the district provides optional testing for students in Advanced Placement and for college preparation entrance exams (PSAT and SAT).

The configuration of the formal student-testing program for the Clover Park School District is shown in Exhibit 4.1.1.

Exhibit 4.1.1 Matrix of Formal Tests Administered

Clover Park School District 2000-2001 School Year

Test Developmental Reading Assessment Iowa Test of Basic Skills Iowa Tests of Educational Development

Washington Assessment of S Learning Criterion Referenced Exams PSAT Advanced Placement SAT

tudent

K

1

2

X

3

X

4

X

5

D

6

X

O

O

O

O

O

O

X

X

D

7

8

X

9

10

11

12

X = Required State tests; D = Required District tests; O = Optional tests

To find the relationship between the student assessment program and the curriculum, auditors analyzed the subjects offered at each grade level to decide which subjects offered were actually

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