Test adapts to skills of student [UPDATED]Published 10:33am Thursday, October 24, 2013 Updated 12:48pm Thursday, October 24, 2013
When I was an elementary student in the 60s — attending Argyle Public Schools — all students took the Iowa Basic Skills Test (IBST). When the results were distributed, my parents would compare my scores with other students across the country in many subjects, including vocabulary, reading comprehension, spelling, capitalization, punctuation, math concepts, estimation, problem solving, data interpretation, computation, and social studies.
And when it came time for parent-teacher conferences, it seemed that every teacher I ever had was quoted as saying, “If he would just slow down and check his work, he would do so much better!”
Since the 60s, student testing has taken many turns. Currently, the Fergus Falls Public Schools use a student test called the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) developed by the Northwest Evaluation Association.
Our kindergarten-eighth grade students test in the fall and spring. Growth is the key factor these tests analyze.
Our teachers use this data to determine the strengths and weaknesses of each student so we can help them improve. This test information is used to help prepare our students to pass the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs)
From the NWEA Website:
NWEA is a not-for-profit dedicated to helping kids live their dreams. Created by educators for educators, MAP assessments provide detailed, actionable data about where each child is on their unique learning path.
Because student engagement is essential to any testing experience, NWEA works with educators to create test items that interest children and help to capture detail about what they know and what they’re ready to learn.
It’s information teachers can use in the classroom to help every child, every day.
MAP dynamically adapts to a student’s responses — as they take the test.
For an example, if a student answers a question correctly, the test presents a more challenging item; and if they miss a question, MAP offers a simpler item.
In this way, the test narrows in on a student’s learning level, engaging them with content that allows them to succeed.
music program well
Recently, Principal Monke and I received a letter from Leigh Wakefield, Professor of Clarinet at Concordia College.
She stated, “Each summer, the Minnesota Music Educators Association sponsors All-State Music camps held at three locations across Minnesota. Students attending these camps have gone through a rigorous audition process and are among the elite high school musicians in Minnesota.
“The camps involve extensive immersion into high levels of music making and skill acquisition. What is achieved in this short amount of time is truly quite amazing. I was the clarinet coach for the Minnesota All-State Symphonic Band this past summer and had the pleasure of working with one of your students, Tina Lee.
“She was terrific. She came well prepared, worked well with others, and learned quickly.
“It was very apparent that she had received excellent instruction. Tina was a great representative of Fergus Falls High School and its music program. Congratulations!”
Middle School student council announced
Congratulations to the Middle School Student Council members elected this year:
8th Grade–Bret Leitch, Naomi Beske, Emily Haugmo, Nathan Rund, Emma Uhrich and Hunter Eldien; 7th Grade–Amy Johnson, Morgan Sikkink, Anna Reard, Spencer Jennen, Mitchel Tenneson, and Brooke Gillund; and 6th Grade–Karla Krebs, Alexis McGary, Jocoby Bolgrean, Alison Koch, Calvin Schulz and Brita Sonmor. Mr. Jon Harris, Middle School assistant principal, is the advisor.