As a part of our ongoing process of data driven decision making the district has adopted and been using the MAP assessment. MAP stands for Measure of Academic Progress. All students in grades 2 – 8 are assessed in Reading, Language Arts, and Math. Additionally, students in grades 6-8 are tested in science. They are assessed up to three times per year. Teachers and students receive immediate feedback from this assessment and results are used by teachers to monitor student achievement and make instructional adjustments. For more information on MAP visit www.nwea.org
Mauston High School utilizes the research-based ACT assessments (EXPLORE at 9th grade and PLAN at 10th grade) to monitor academic readiness of its students in preparation for college and careers. For more information on ACT assessments visit http://act.org
New in 2010-11 is the addition of the AIMSweb assessment for students in grades K-2. AIMSweb is a Curriculum-Based Measurement (CBM) tool that allows for fast, frequent benchmarking and progress monitoring of students. For most students, the probes are given three times per year to ensure they are on target for grade level expectations. For those students that are below or well above grade level, interventions and progress monitoring is used to make certain their educational needs are being met.
Other common assessments used in the district include Running Records assessments for students in grades K-5 and the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam (WKCE) for grades 3-8 and 10.