Standardized Testing in Grades K-3
In 2010, Presentation launches a pilot program administering periodic online assessment called "Children's Progress" in grades k-2. Children's Progress (http://www.childrensprogress.com/) is an award-winning educational technology that specializes in the development of engaging computer-adaptive programs for young children that help educators pinpoint how to best challenge and support each child. The company grew out of decades of research at Columbia University and patented its products in collaboration with software developers at MIT. This ongoing assessment system is used by Presentation teachers to tailor instruction based on what their students need most right now.
Standardized Testing in Grades 3-8
Since 2009, Presentation has administered the Stanford-10 tests to all students Grades 3 – 8. The Stanford 10 is a national standardized test produced by the world’s top educational publishing and assessment company, Pearson. The leading public, private and parochial school across the country use this test. The assessment helps us learn more about what our students know and are able to do, and compare their subject mastery against their peers nationally, the same audience they will be measured again in high school and college.
The results these assessments are used as a baseline for determining how best to meet the academic needs of each student. Homeroom teachers share cluster scores during October conferences. The teachers also use the curriculum-based and benchmarks tests, daily assignments and projects to create a picture of every student’s learning. This collective data allows the staff to move more quickly by targeting curriculum to enable our student to compete on a nation level.
Scores on the Stanford 10 are given in percentile rankings. The scores are calibrated so that the national average is the 50th percentile, meaning out of every one hundred students, 50 students scored lower than a student scoring 50. The cluster and sub-test scores in each specific content area will help us better understand our students’ strength as well as the areas that may require additional focus.
We do not believe in “teaching to the test,” rather that the information gathered from the Stanford 10 and all the other assessments will be useful as we fine-tune our curriculum in the months and years ahead.
In both 2011 and 2012, Presentation students posted exceptionally strong results with more than a third of its s
Students are chosen for the Johns Hopkins program based on their most recent national standardized test scores, in California among the most rigorous elementary and middle schools, this is typically the Stanford-10 Achievement Test. To qualify for the program, a student must score at the 95th percentile or above on either the Total Reading or Total Math portions of the test. The Center for Talented Youth identifies, assesses, and recognizes students with exceptional mathematical and/or verbal reasoning abilities. The not-for-profit program includes online courses, summer programs and the opportunity for 7th and 8th graders to take the Scholastic Ability Test (SAT) which is normally administered to high school juniors and seniors. More than 1.3 million students and their families have participated since CTY was founded in 1979. CTY is a world leader in gifted education and is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
We administer the Stanford-10 because it is the test used by the most academically rigorous public, private and parochial schools nationwide. We were thrilled but not surprised that our students score exceptionally well when stacked up against students at the top schools in the country. Through small class sizes, small group learning and differentiated instruction, we strive to help every student achieve their very highest potential.
The average Presentation student scores in the 82nd percentile in Total Reading and in the 87th percentile in Total Math, meaning that their raw scores were higher than 82% of the students taking the test across the nation in Reading and 87% in Math.
2013 results will be available in Sept. 2013.