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Testing vs. Assessment
A Delicate Balance
Coffee Talk
Lafayette Elementary School
A Paradigm Shift
• From “Testing” to Assessment
• Assessment Drives Instruction
• From Norm Referenced to Criteria Referenced
• Assessment drives Instruction
Types of Assessments
• Norm-referenced refers to standardized tests that are designed to
compare and rank test takers in relation to one another. Normreferenced tests report whether test takers performed better or
worse than a hypothetical average student
• Ex – SAT, ACT, placement exams
• Bell Curve scoring
• Criterion-referenced tests and assessments are designed to
measure student performance against a fixed set of predetermined
criteria or learning standards—i.e., concise, written descriptions of
what students are expected to know and be able to do at a specific
stage of their education.
• Ex – PARCC, AP tests, classroom assessments
• Scoring based on mastery of content or criteria
Burning Questions…
• What happened to STARS?????
STARS is a norm referenced test, rather than criterion referenced. To best support teachers and
tracking student growth, STARS was replaced by iReady.
• Why iReady?
iReady was piloted last year by a group of staff members. It is a criterion referenced assessment that
tracks student growth over the course of the entire school year (beginning, middle, and end of year).
It is an adaptive assessment that changes to meet the performance of the student. In other words, if
students are getting answers correct, the program shifts to “level up” to the next level. If students
are not performing well, the program adjusts to find a level where students are successful.
• What do you do with the information from Unit Assessments?
Teachers use this data to guide instruction, create “re-teach” lessons and provide intervention and
enrichment to students. At the upper grades, students look at their own performance and reflect on
how to avoid making the same mistakes again.
• What is PARCC?
• Partnership for Assessment of College and Career Readiness. It is a
national test that measures the Common Core State standards. It
replaces the DC-CAS beginning Spring 2015.
Grades 3 - 5
Criteria Referenced
2014-2015 – 1st Year of Administration
Computer Based
Administered in March and May
ELA and Math
Assessment in the Neighborhood
PARCC, UA, iReady (math), TRC,
PARCC, UA, iReady, Dibels, F &P
PARCC, UA, iReady (math), TRC, Dibels
Horace Mann
PARCC, UA iReady (math), F & P
Oyster Adams
PARCC, UA, iReady (math), TRC, Dibels
PARCC, ANET, iReady (math), F & P
PARCC, iREady (math), TRC, Dibels, F

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