Assessment

Teachers at Irvington Community Middle School use a variety of assessments to drive instruction to meet individual student needs.

In addition to the state-mandated ISTEP+ testing in 3rd-8th grades, charter schools in Indiana are required to administer one additional assessment to gauge student progress. Like many other charter schools, ICMS administers the NWEA as the second assessment tool.

NWEA’s MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) tests are state-aligned assessments used to determine children’s instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year and from year to year in the areas of Reading, Language Usage, and Mathematics.

Computerized MAP tests are unique in that they adapt to be appropriate for each child’s level of learning. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing. Also with MAP tests, we can administer shorter tests and use less class time while still receiving detailed, accurate information about each student’s growth.

Each school year, students in grades K-8 take the MAP tests in the fall, winter, and spring. Following each testing season, ICMS parents receive a Student Progress Report showing their child’s past and current data and a graph displaying his/her growth (please note: the graph is only available for students who have participated in at least two testing seasons). This report also identifies each child’s performance on specific goal areas within Reading, Language Use, and Mathematics.