Regional School Unit 24

PBE Assessment Information / Mastery Connect Resources

PBE Assessment Information /
Mastery Connect Resources
RSU 24 Assessment Purpose Statement
Assessment is a fair, accurate and consistent measure of students’ learning progress and achievement. The primary purpose of the RSU 24 assessment system is to identify student levels of understanding, target students for intervention and/or enrichments, and evaluate learning and teaching practices. Assessment data gives context to student learners and inspires their ownership in the education process. Specifically, assessments measure, document, and communicate student proficiency against a set of clearly defined cross-curricular and content-area graduation standards developed by the administration, faculty, and staff.  In addition, assessment information serves as a tool to communicate information about students’ achievement in school to families, and/or other relevant stakeholders and audiences.
The grading system will document academic progress and achievement separately from habits of work and behaviors. Habits of Work & Learning (HOW&L) will be monitored over the duration of a learning experience and scores will be measured and determined using common scoring criteria.  Common scoring measures will ensure consistency and fairness in the assessment of work habits across students, teachers, content areas, and time.
Assessment Language - Key Terms
Graduation Standards: Each RSU 24 course is built around four to ten graduation standards. A graduation standard is a description of concepts or skills that can be mastered in a particular content area; they represent what students must know or be able to do by the time they leave their grade band (e.g.: intermediate level - grades 3-5).  At the K-8 level, these standards are called promotion standards.
Performance Indicators: Performance indicators are sub-standards under the graduation/promotion standards that define specific concepts or skills that can be achieved within a course. Teachers have selected the RSU 24 performance indicators from the Common Core, the Next Generation Science Standards, as well as the Maine Learning Results. Performance indicators are to be met throughout a student’s school career in order to be considered proficient in an over-arching graduation/promotion standard.  
Learning Targets: Units and daily lessons are built around learning targets, which are skill- and knowledge-based tasks outlined under the performance indicators. Learning targets are written in clear, friendly language, so students can fully understand what they need to know and be able to do in any given class period.

Rubrics: For each major assessment teachers will develop rubrics that provide students with clear descriptions of the criteria they must meet in order to achieve proficiency on work completed. Rubrics are given to students in advance so they are aware of expectations before they are assessed. Below are photos of the RSU 24 proficiency-based education assessment guides, which are used in all rubric development. Although each school has their own assessment guide, the language within all the documents is exactly the same.
Formative and Summative Assessments
Teachers at RSU 24 will offer formative and summative assessments to monitor and report on student mastery of skills and knowledge. The purpose of formative and summative assessments are significantly different, and are defined below.

Formative Assessments: These assessments are an opportunity for students to receive feedback on their learning progress. These are smaller learning tasks such as quizzes, worksheets, journal entries, daily homework, etc. Formative assessments are designed to provide feedback to improve mastery of the learning target. Students are encouraged to revise formative assessments which receive an initial score below “3” prior to a summative assessment. These are assessments for learning and will not be used to calculate the scores shown on a student's transcript.

Summative Assessments: These assessments are an opportunity for students to demonstrate what they have learned. These are higher stakes learning tasks such as end-of-unit tests, projects, essays, lab reports, etc.. Summative assessments may be “closed”, such as end-of-unit tests, lab practicals, or in-class essays. Summative assessments may also be “open”, such as projects, lab reports, or longer-term essays. These are assessments of learning and are the ones that will be used to report grades on a student's transcript as a record of their achievements.
Habits of Work & Learning
In RSU 24, Habits of Work & Learning (HOW&L) are documented separately from academic achievement in each course. Positive HOW&L are an essential part of student success, and there is a strong correlation between habits of work, achievement, and learning. High quality HOW&L provide a foundation for students to be prepared to achieve in any classroom environment.

A common rubric is used across disciplines to score Habits of Work & Learning at all grade levels.  Several performance indicators will be scored underneath the following HOW&L graduation standards: Organization & Planning, Task Initiation & Execution, Flexibility & Persistence, and Interpersonal Skills. These HOW&L graduation standards were designed around Executive Functioning skills, which are critical traits that are both taught and fostered in RSU 24 classrooms in order to support and promote student success beyond graduation. HOW&L are scored on the same rubric scale of 1 - 4, and will be assessed multiple times throughout the year in separate online trackers.

RSU 24 believes that Habits of Work and Learning are critical components to high school citizenship, and therefore are tied to 
co-curricular eligibility and privileges.
Reporting System
At any time, students and parents may review formative and summative assessment scores on each performance indicator through the RSU 24’s assessment software, Mastery Connect. Your student's principal can be contacted for details regarding a parent login. Students and parents can expect teachers to post updates frequently to Mastery Connect regarding academic progress and HOW & L.
Mastery Progress Reports: In addition to providing a live, in-progress snapshot of achievement on Mastery Connect, RSU 24 also offers official mailings regarding student progress. Mastery Progress Reports are paper copies of student achievement at the performance indicator level will be printed and mailed at several times during the year. It is important to note that these reports are to be considered snapshots of progress, and only are finalized at the end of the school year upon the body of evidence produced through student assessment within the duration of the course (instead of averaging of grades per quarter, etc. as completed in a traditional system).  

High School Grade Point Average: Sumner Memorial High School will provide a GPA for each course on a student’s official transcript. A GPA for each course is formulated by aggregating the final standing on each performance indicator into one cumulative score on a 4.0 scale. In order to be a true reflection of the level of mastery a student has attained rather then the path she/he took to get there, the final standing for each indicator is based on the highest summative assessment score achieved by the student for that indicator; it is not based on an average of scores for that indicator.  These course GPA’s also provide data for a cumulative high-school GPA which is also provided on the student’s official transcript.

Habits of Work & Learning are not aggregated in to a student’s GPA, but will be recorded on the transcript [per year] separately from content-area performance.

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