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Assessments


Assessments

High-quality early learning can and should be measured in a number of different ways. Instructional quality and child outcomes both play key roles in this measurement. Below are the BPS specific child outcomes that we measure throughout the year in our programs, as well as dates and how-to instructions.

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Rubrics & Progress Reports


PALS - Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening

  • What: Measures preschoolers’ developing knowledge of important literacy fundamentals (letter recognition, letter sound, beginning sound production, print and word awareness, and rhyme awareness), reflecting skills that are predictive of future reading success
  • Who: Typically-developing four year old students attending the K1 program or the Integrated K0/K1 program. PALS should only be administered to K1 children in the K0-K1 classrooms. There is NO expectation that you administer the PALS to your children who are in the K0 part of your program.
  • When:
    • September 19 - October 21, 2018
    • May 7 - June 8, 2018. No need to retest students in the spring if they achieve benchmark in the fall
  • Score Reporting on Illuminate - BPS specific
  • {Files, including presentation, score sheets, etc.} - BPS only


LAP-D - Learning Accomplishment Profile - Diagnostic

  • What: Screening tool (not assessment) that is used to screen every Pre-K and K child upon entering the Boston Public Schools. The tool is used to provide teachers with information about where a child's strengths and challenges are in four domains (gross motor, fine motor, language, cognition) to help them effectively plan lessons that allow for each child's optimal development.
  • Who: K0 - K2 students new to BPS; if students took the LAP-D last year they do not need to be screened again this year. The LAP-D does not need to be administered to students with a full service individualized educational plan. Students receiving related services should be part of the screening in the areas they do not receive services in.
  • When: September 8 - October 20, 2018
  • Score Reporting on Illuminate - BPS specific
  • {Files, including Illuminate instructions, presentation, score sheets, etc.} - BPS only



EVT - Expressive Vocabulary Test


NWEA - Common Early Literacy Assessment

  • What: Measures basic early literacy skills including reading fluency and comprehension; Fluency information; Growth information
  • Who: all Grade K2, 1, & 2 students
  • When:
    • Period 1: Sept 17-Oct 5
    • Period 2: Jan 7-Jan 25
    • Period 3: May 13-May 31
  • Note: Alternative to Lexia
  • PD Dates


Lexia - Common Early Literacy Assessment

  • What: Measures basic early literacy skills including reading fluency and comprehension; More information
  • Who: all Grade K2, 1, & 2 students
  • When:
    • Period 1: Sept 17-Oct 5
    • Period 2: Jan 7-Jan 25
    • Period 3: May 13-May 31
  • Note: Alternative to NWEA Map
  • PD Dates


Fountas & Pinnell

  • The EC Department does not require the use of or provide training for the Fountas & Pinnell assessments. However, since we know that a few district schools are using it, we have provided the grade-level expectations here. For the most up to date benchmarks, see the F&P website.
  • Illuminate Instructions
  • Benchmark Levels
  • "Instructional" level expectations refer to a very specific term used by Fountas and Pinnell to describe the level a student should read during Guided Reading- not the level they should read independently.
  • When schools administer the F & P benchmark assessment system, if done correctly, they should get a "Independent" reading level and an "Instructional" level. The Instructional level is usually 1 level above independent, but can be 2 levels. In Kindergarten, it is not unusual for a student at this point in the year to test at level B independently, but test at level C instructionally. So, according to the attached chart, this student would in fact be at "grade level."