The MSD of Pike Township uses many assessments across the district to measure student achievement, curriculum strengths, and program effectiveness. Teachers use data from these assessments to identify instructional needs of students in order to differentiate instruction. Administrators use data to identify areas of need for professional development. The forms of assessments used in PIke are as follows:
Indiana Learning Evaluation Assessment Readiness Network - ILEARN - given to students in grades 3-8 in the areas of English/language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 science, grade 5 social studies, and Biology end-of-course.
Indiana Statewide Testing for Education Progress Plus - ISTEP+ - given to students in grade 10 in the areas of English/language arts and math as the graduation qualifying exam; students that do not pass in grade 10 are given the opportunity to retest in grades 11 and 12
Indiana's Alternate Measure - I AM - given to students in grades 3-8 and 10 whose case conference committee has determined it is more appropriate for the student to take ISTAR than ISTEP+
Indiana Reading Evaluation And Determination - IREAD-3 - given to students in 3rd grade to evaluate reading skills
World-Class Instructional Design and Assessments Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners - WIDA-ACCESS - given to English language learners whose English proficiency level is 1 to 4
ACCUPLACER - College & Career Ready assessment given to all grade 11 students
NorthWest Evaluation Association (NWEA) - computer adaptive assessment given to all grades K-5 students in the areas of reading and math
Clearsight - Grade level standards-aligned assessment given to all grades 6-8 students that measure academic proficiency, growth, and overall performance. Clearsight uses the same platform as state assessments and will inform teachers about instructional needs and prepare students for assessment-like tasks.
Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT), Scales for Identifying Gifted Students (SIGS), and Test of Mathematical Abilities for Gifted Students (TOMAGS) - assessments given for high ability screening and placement