SPSD - Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment
Components of the SPSD Student Assessment System
The following his a description of the variety and type of assessments utilized in South Portland School Department. Each has its own distinct purpose, and together, they combine to form a comprehensive assessment program. 

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
NAEP is a normed national assessment that allows educational achievement to be compared across states. Federal law requires participation.  States and school districts that receive Title I funding to support low SES students must participate in these assessments.
  • Results are not tracked by individual students.
  • Administration controlled by Federal Government.  
  • Not linked to federal accountability.

Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) a.k.a. NWEA, Northwest Education Assessment (NWEA)  
The MAP is a normed test that measures student achievement in readingand math.  Scores are used to show growth from year-to-year.  MAP assessments are computerized adaptive tests – the difficulty of each question is based on how well a student answers the previous question and therefore helps identify a students instructional level to aid in planning instruction.  Scores are used to group students for instruction and aid teachers in their instructional planning.  Currently SPSD uses NWEA for grades 2-8, and some students in grade 9.
  • Results are tracked by individual students, teachers, and buildings for reading and math.
  • Administration controlled by SPSD. 
  • Not linked to federal accountability.

Maine Educational Assessment (MEA)
MEA measures student achievement in reading and math in grades 3-8, 11and writing and science in grades 5, 8, 11.  The MEA is a computerized test.
  •  Results are tracked by individual students, by grade level per building, for assessed content areas by grade level, and for the district by grade level and content area.
  • Administration controlled by State of Maine.  
  • Linked to federal accountability.

Kindergarten Screening - DIAL IV
This is a nationally normed tool used to evaluate students’ early literacy skills and development.  Student scores are screened to identify students in need of intervention. Teachers can use the data from this tool to do initial groupings of students and plan for instruction.
  • Results are individual students.  
  • Administration controlled by SPSD.

Observation Survey
This is a nationally normed tool used to evaluate students’ early literacy skills and development.  Student scores are screened to identify students in need of intervention. Teachers can use the data from this tool to do initial groupings of students and plan for instruction.
  • Results are individual students.  
  • Administration controlled by SPSD.

Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA2)
 This is a nationally normed tool used to evaluate students’ literacy skills and development.  Student scores are screened to identify students in need of intervention.  DRA2 scores are used to measure and document student growth and achievement in reading.
  • Results are tracked by individual student.
  • Administration controlled by SPSD.

Developmental Spelling Inventory (DSI) 
This is a nationally normed tool used to evaluate students’ spelling development.  Student scores are screened to identify students in need of intervention.  DSA scores are used to measure Teachers can use the data from this tool to do initial groupings of students and plan for instruction.
  • Results are tracked by individual student.
  • Administration controlled by SPSD.

Unit/Skill assessments 
Classroom assessments are individually designed assessments used to measure student proficiency as it relates to specific essential learning targets.
  • Results are tracked by individual students and classroom.
  • Administration controlled by individual teachers.
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