Academic subjects of language arts, math, social studies, and science are taught in all of the primary grade levels. Language arts includes reading, writing, spelling, listening, and speaking. Math includes computation and problem solving. These subjects take up more than 80% of the day. Social studies and science are taught in units and include many hands-on, discovery experiences. Technology is incorporated in all subject areas.
The academic curricula are built on a sequence of essential, important and compact skills, all aligned with the state standards. Third grade and fourth grade students take the PSSA tests to assess their progress toward achieving the Pennsylvania Standards.
Assessment and Progress Monitoring
The overall aim of assessment is to foster learning of worthwhile academic content for all students. School districts have a number of different assessments, in addition to the PSSA, that are used to determine student progress. These assessments are intended to be direct, frequent and directly related to academic standards. These assessments also create more opportunities to deliver the most effective and valuable instruction by providing information about how students are performing.
In recognizing that the more data we have the better we can measure how well our students are achieving, the Governor Mifflin School District has implemented multiple assessments. These include the Study Island Benchmark assessment, The Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS), the Classroom Diagnostic Tools, Aims Web and the Test of Cognitive Skills. State assessments include the PSSA and Keystone Exams. Assessments are used to progress monitor our students throughout each school year.
Progress monitoring is a scientifically-based practice that is used to assess students' academic performance and evaluate the effectiveness of instruction. Progress monitoring involves collecting and analyzing data to determine student progress toward specific skills or general outcomes and making instructional decisions based on the review and analysis of student data. Monitoring student progress through data collection and analysis is an effective way to determine if the classroom instruction is meeting the needs of the student and benefits all those involved in the education process.
To review a copy of this year's Assessment and Progress Monitoring schedule, click here.