Assessment is an ongoing process of evaluating, measuring and documenting student learning. While commonly equated with tests, teachers use a variety of tools and methods to determine student understanding and content mastery in all subjects. Assessment provides information teachers use to direct instruction, guide learning and differentiate instruction.
Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools students consistently score well above the local, state and national averages on nationally normed achievement assessments.
Students in grades K-2 are screened using the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS). This formative assessment screens for understanding of foundational reading skills. Teachers analyze the data and differentiate instruction to personalize student instruction.
Students in grades 3-6 take the Terra Nova Formative Assessment each spring. This summative criterion referenced assessment measures student achievement in reading, language arts, mathematics, science, and other areas.
Junior High Assessment
Students in grade 7 take the ACT Aspire in the spring of the year. The ACT Aspire measures academic achievement in English, math, reading, science, and writing. The assessment is linked to the ACT College and Career Readiness Standards, and reports students' progress toward these standards.
Percentile score ranks individuals within a nationally normed group on a scale of 1-99 with 50 being average. A percentile rank of 75 means the student scored better than 75 percent of the other students in his or her norm group, and 25 percent scored as well or better than your student.