How Students Are Assessed

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At DCPS, we measure our success by how well our students are achieving.  We believe that children can achieve at the highest levels, and that it is our job to enable this.

Our goal is to ensure that students are performing at or above grade-level and ultimately graduating on time, prepared for college and career. 

DCPS measures student achievement in a variety of ways, including students’ mastery of standards by content area, promotion rate, on-time graduation rates and college-readiness indicators.

We also evaluate student performance and achievement through several qualitative means, such as observing student engagement and participation in the classroom and reviewing student coursework and portfolios. 

Formative Assessments to Inform Instruction

One way that we measure and respond to student progress is by tracking student performance on periodic, formative assessments.  The DCPS Unit Assessments, formerly known as Paced Interim Assessments (PIA), and the Achievement Network (ANet), are formative assessment tools that schools use to assess student progress throughout the year.  After each formative assessment is given and scored, teachers use the data from these assessments to modify instruction and better assess student needs. 

Formative Assessments:

Summative Assessments to Measure Annual Progress

Another way we measure and respond to student progress is via annual, summative assessments, most notably the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) Assessment, which is administered by the State. 

Summative Assessments:

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