Testing and Monitoring

Testing and Monitoring

Continuous evaluation of student learning is an integral part of the instructional process in the SABIS® Network. Frequent testing is conducted in order to evaluate student learning and permit timely, positive intervention. Testing students in this way has a number of very important advantages:

  • Students learn to perform well under the pressure of time and other constraints
  • Students develop the ability to focus and to sustain concentration for increasingly long periods
  • Feedback from testing allows close monitoring and follow-up

 

Diagnostic Tests are

  • Administered to all new, incoming students
  • Academic "x-ray" to detect pre-existing gaps in knowledge
  • Used to determine grade level placement
  • Determine English/math level or  readiness to leave intensives classes

 

The SABIS Academic Monitoring System® (AMS)

  • Begins in Grade 2 for mathematics, and Grade 3 for mathematics and English
  • Checks student learning and long-term retention
  • Evaluates students' grasp of essential concepts
  • Include multiple-choice questions with answers recorded on "bubble sheets"
  • Are computer-scored
  • Count for 20% of a student's total grade in a given subject

 

Periodic Exams

  • Help to isolate "gaps" in student learning
  • Monitor student’s mastery of essential concepts
  • Serve as a re-teaching guide for teachers
  • Test concepts taught in the last three weeks
  • Begin in Grade 1
  • Provide results which are sent home within 2 weeks of the exam

 

PARCC Testing Information

-There will be an #askPARCC Twitter office hours session on parent and family resources for the PARCC state test on Thursday, February 19 from 5-6 EST, held by www.parcconline.org. Join by using the hashtag #AskPARCC. If you are unable to join, don't worry - this session will be archived in the PARCC Storify library.

Overview of what PARCC is like, click here.

Practice tests and sample tests (for all grades), click here.

Collegiate Charter School of Lowell

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