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Accreditation Strand #5
Assessment

Gathering, codifying, and using results

  1. The school has adopted and uses a comprehensive process that monitors, documents, and assesses (1) student performance based on adopted expectations/objectives for learning, (2) the effectiveness of curriculum and instruction in meeting those expectations/objectives, and (3) overall school effectiveness.

    The school uses the information yielded by this process to determine improvements needed to increase overall student performance and to provide timely and accurate information to administrators, teachers, students, and parents about student performance, instructional effectiveness, and overall school effectiveness. It also tracks and reports the results of the school’s overall improvement efforts and provides the data necessary to lead the school to increasing improvement.

    Standards

    1. The school employs a comprehensive assessment program that provides for analysis and review of student performance and school effectiveness.

      Required artifact Written narrative
    2. The school establishes performance measures based on adopted instructional objectives for student learning that provide information that is concrete, accurate, reliable, and valid, rather than individual or institutional subjective opinions or perceptions.

      Required artifact Written narrative
    3. The school has a written student assessment plan that serves as the basis for how the school (a) constructs student assessments, (b) conducts student assessments, and (c) uses the results of student assessments for determining student progress/needs, improving instruction, and improving curricular offerings.

      Required artifact Written narrative
    4. The school gathers, analyzes, and uses student assessment data for determining instructional and learning effectiveness and uses the results for making decisions for continuous improvement of teaching and learning processes.

      Required artifact Written narrative
    5. The school communicates the results of student performance, instructional effectiveness, and overall school effectiveness to all pertinent stakeholders in a reporting process as determined by the school’s governing board. This includes sending to parents and guardians periodic progress reports, quarterly and semester academic reports, and annually the results of a national norm-referenced test. Parent conferences are held at least annually in at least grades Pre-K through 5 to discuss individual student progress.

      Required artifacts Written narrative Anonymized student progress report Quarterly and semester academic report
    6. The school conducts annually a national norm-referenced test for grades selected by the school and sends results to parents annually.

      Suggested artifact Anonymized norm-referenced test results
    7. The school documents the use of nationally norm-referenced test that includes: (a) what instrument(s) is(are) used, (b) when it is administered, (c) how the results are used for determining individual student progress/needs, and (d) how the results are used for for curriculum modification and improving instruction. (See Strand 7 for appropriate Early Childhood assessment)

      Suggested artifacts Sample of norm-referenced test used Sample of analysis data and process
    8. The school demonstrates through objective data proven growth and improvement in student performance, instructional effectiveness, and overall school effectiveness.

      Suggested artifact Sample of analysis data
    9. The school seeking common core aligned accreditation has incorporated Florida Common Core Standards into its curriculum.

      Suggested artifact Curriculum Guide
    10. The school seeking common core aligned accreditation conducts annual criterion reference testing that is published by a nationally-recognized agency and is in alignment with the Florida Common Core Standards.

      Suggested artifact Sample of criterion referenced test
    11. The school seeking common core aligned accreditation has a written plan for national criterion reference testing that includes (a) what nationally-recognized instrument(s) is(are) used, (b) when administered, (c) how the results are used for determining individual student progress/needs, and (d) how the results are used for curriculum modification and improving instruction.

      Suggested artifacts Sample of criterion referenced test Sample of analysis data and process

November 2011
Last Edited January 18th, 2038

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