Arkansas law (Act 930 of 2017) requires the administration of a developmentally appropriate measurement or assessment for kindergarten through grade two (K-2) in literacy and mathematics. To meet this requirement, while providing districts some flexibility, beginning in the 2017-2018 school year, each district will be able to select the assessment that best meets the needs of their K-2 students. School districts will be allowed to choose from a list of state approved assessments for their K-2 students.
The four K-2 assessments are:
- Istation - ISIP (this is the K-2 assessment that Alma Primary School uses)
- NWEA - Map for Growth
- Renaissance – Star
Each of the K-2 assessments is intended to be administered at least 3 times during the school year so that educators can make data-driven instructional decisions. This will help inform teachers of students that require remediation, intervention and/or enrichment. Each test is an adaptive type test, and students are not expected to know all of the test items.
- Automatic screening and progress monitoring in 30 minutes every month save time while providing the frequency for effective data integrity.
- On-demand assessments offer more frequent progress monitoring to support aggressive intervention.
- Precise measurements track student ability and skill development within subtests.
- Seamless placement automatically puts students on individual learning paths based on their abilities.
- Assessment modeling for young learners helps students practice and become familiar with the experience before taking an actual assessment.
Istation assessments may be given monthly, but there are three required assessment windows:
- Fall: September 1 - 30, 2020
- Winter: January 4 - 29, 2021
- Spring: April 1 - 30, 2021