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Assessments

General Information
Perkiomen Valley students participate in both formative and summative assessments throughout the school year.  Formative assessments are conducted by teachers during the learning process in order to modify teaching and learning activities to improve student understanding.  Formative assessments "inform" the instructor in regards to classroom instruction and individual learning.  These assessments can range from quick thumbs up, thumbs down checks to quizzes or online assessments.  Summative assessments evaluate student learning at the end of an instructional unit by comparing it against some standard or benchmark. Examples of summative assessments include end of unit tests, mid terms, final exams, and state testing.  Perkiomen Valley utilizes a combination of both formative and summative assessment to guide curriculum planning, instructional practices, student placements, and lesson planning.  Perkiomen Valley has created an Assessment Schedule, which is linked below, to identify the larger assessments given in each grade level.

NWEA MAP Testing

With the start of the 18/19 school year, Perkiomen Valley began implementing a new diagnostic assessment, Measures of Academic Progress (MAP). MAP replaced the 4Sight and CDT tests previously administered in grades 3 to 8.  This assessment measures what students know and informs what they’re ready to learn next. By dynamically adjusting to each student’s responses, MAP creates a personalized assessment experience that accurately measures performance. Results will provide information about student performance in relationship to grade level standards, topics, and skills, as well as student growth beyond grade level expectations.   Students will be assessed three times per year - Fall, Winter, and Spring. If you’d like to learn more about MAP, please visit their website at https://www.nwea.org/map-growth/ or review the parent resources linked below.


Parent Resources for MAP

    * A Parent's Guide to MAP

    * Parent's Guide to MAP Growth

    * Parent's Toolkit

    * Sample Student Progress Report


District Communications
  * October 2020 Parent Letter regarding assessment schedule
* August 2019 Parent Letter announcing assessment dates
* September 2018 - Parent Letter announcing use of MAP Assessments
* November 2018 - Parent Letter regarding student progress results
     *  February 2019 - Parent Letter regarding student progress results
     * May 2019 - Parent Letter regarding student progress results