Division Virtual PLUS+ Assessments
Starting in October, teachers will begin administering division required assessments to students in grades K-12. These assessments are not linked to student progress reports or grades and will allow teachers to provide targeted instruction for students to best support them in their learning.
Find out more on our Division Virtual PLUS+ Assessment page.
Identification of Instructional Gaps + Student Needs
We understand that our students’ learning needs are especially pronounced as they enter the Fall 2020 school year. As a school division, we acknowledge the ‘COVID Slide’ of learning that occurred during the spring, and commit to developing comprehensive screeners and assessments to determine our students’ current needs, and the differentiated supports required for their instruction. This plan incorporates a balance of SEL assessments, diagnostic assessments that capture learning gaps, local just-in-time formative assessments, and reviews of existing student performance data from the summer and school year 19-20. We will prioritize student social and emotional wellness in the initial return to school in September, and administer the MAP Screening assessment in early October. During the spring and summer, various working groups have created resources and plans for supporting schools in this division-wide work. See below for detailed actions our division will take to identify and address our students’ instructional gaps and needs, and establish a baseline from whence we can measure students’ academic progress over the course of the school year.
- Diagnostic Screener Assessments
- MAP Screening
- Purpose: MAP Screening test data will apprise families, staff, and students of areas of academic strength and areas of focus to inform instruction and necessary support.
- Logistics: We plan to administer MAP Screening tests virtually for all students, grades 2-12 in math and reading. This is a brief (20 questions) screener that is more feasible to be administered virtually. The full MAP Growth assessment will be administered to students grades 2-12 once ACPS returns to in-person learning. Once we begin the transition to hybrid instruction, we will determine the appropriate time to open the window for the administration of the full MAP Growth assessment in-person.
- Supports: A MAP Task Force comprised of staff members from schools participating in the MAP pilot in Title I schools in SY19-20 has developed multiple products to prepare staff, students, and families for the division-wide transition to using MAP, and has adapted these documents for virtual use. These products include a comprehensive FAQ doc, PD plans and tools, timelines for overall implementation and PD, communication plans for all stakeholder groups, and more.
- PALS Literacy and VKRP Mathematics Screeners
- Purpose: PALS (grades PreK-2) and VKRP (kindergarten) assessment data will apprise families and staff of students’ current levels of important literacy and foundational mathematical skills to inform instruction and necessary supports.
- Logistics: ACPS is currently expecting VDOE guidance by August 17, 2020, on how these assessments may be administered in a virtual environment, when they will be given, and what grade levels are required administration by VDOE. Once this information is received, ACPS will complete its plan for the administration of these assessments this fall.
- Supports: The administration of these assessments will be supported through teacher feedback on feasibility and best practices in administering in a virtual environment. Once feedback is received and a final plan created, training materials, division guidance, support materials, and resources will be delivered from the Department of Accountability and Research to schools via School Testing Coordinators.
- Formative Assessments
- Staff will utilize the ACPS Teaching and Learning Framework and the MTSS assessment matrix.
- Pre-K through 1st grade division staff will work in collaboration with teachers to develop formative assessments.
- Students will take a variety of assessments to check for understanding, such as exit tickets, performance-based assessments, portfolios, video submissions, and common unit assessments.
- Social-Emotional Screeners
- Social-emotional screening tools, such as the UCLA Brief COVID-19 Screen for Child/Adolescent PTSD, will be administered in the first two months of school to determine areas of need in students
- Through the MTSS process, this information will assist in the continuing development of social-emotional and academic learning curriculum as well as identifying students for small-group and individual supports.