The Coatesville Area School District is committed to providing every student with the education they deserve. In an effort to understand the strengths and needs of each student, the Coatesville Area School District has devised a comprehensive assessment schedule to provide teachers with data needed to focus their instruction. CASD requires students to take a variety of tests throughout the course of the school year that measure a variety of different achievement areas. Students are given summative, formative, diagnostic, and benchmark assessments. The results of these assessments allow the teachers to have a clear picture of the needs of their students and provide them with the necessary information to tailor their instruction to the needs of all of the students in the Coatesville Area School District. Below you will find a list of assessments that are given throughout the year. You may click on the links to see more information about these assessments.
NWEA MAP – Grades 1-11 – Reading and Math
Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)
– These computerized tests are adaptive and offered in Reading and
Mathematics. When taking a MAP test, the difficulty of each
question is based on how well a student answers all the previous
questions. As the student answers correctly, questions become
more difficult. If the student answers incorrectly, the
questions become easier. In an optimal test, a student
answers approximately half the items correctly and half
incorrectly. The final score is an estimate of the student’s
Study Island – Grades 3-11 –
Reading and Math
Study Island Benchmark Assessments are computerized tests in both Reading and Mathematics. These benchmarks give teachers a snapshot of student proficiencies in relation to the Pennsylvania Assessment. The Reading and Mathematics benchmark tests are given to grades 3-11 in September, January, and May. These assessments will give teachers and administrators an accurate predictor of PSSA scores as well as valuable diagnostic information that can be used to guide classroom instruction.
PSSA – Grades 3-8, and 11 – Reading, Math, Writing, and Science
In 1999, Pennsylvania adopted academic standards for Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening and for Mathematics. These standards identify what a student should know and be able to do at varying grade levels. School districts possess the freedom to design curriculum and instruction to ensure that students meet or exceed the standards’ expectations.
Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) is a standards-based,
criterion-referenced assessment used to measure a student’s attainment
of the academic standards while also determining the degree to which
school programs enable students to attain proficiency of the
standards. Every Pennsylvania student in grades 3 through 8
and grade 11 is assessed in reading and math. Every
Pennsylvania student in grades 5, 8 and 11 is assessed in
writing. Every Pennsylvania student in grades 4, 8 and 11 is
assessed in science.
Individual student scores, provided only to their respective schools, can be used to assist teachers in identifying students who may be in need of additional educational opportunities, and school scores provide information to schools and districts for curriculum and instruction improvement discussions and planning.
In compliance with §4.51(b)(4) of the PA School Code the State Board of Education approved, “specific criteria for advanced, proficient, basic and below basic levels of performance.”
First in Math – Grades K-12 – Math
FIRST IN MATH is provided to our students to compliment our mathematics curriculum. Studies show that use of the program for minutes a day—in the classroom or at home—can increase math success. The more children use it, the more their skills improve. The Coatesville Area School District provides time for every student in the district to utilize this program and the results for the students can be used to assist teachers in modifying their instruction to meet the needs of all students.
Reading Eggs – Grades K-2 – Reading
Reading Eggs is designed for 4-8 year olds who want to learn to read. The program begins at an absolute beginner level, so children need no prior knowledge to start. Children can learn to read using this program. The Reading Eggs program has been developed by a highly experienced team of teachers, educational writers, animators and web developers. It focuses on a core reading curriculum of skills and strategies which are essential for sustained, reading success. It completely supports what children learn at school and will help to improve your child’s results. All students in grades k-2 are given an opportunity to work with reading eggs during the school day.