Cache La Poudre Mission Statement
Challenge all learners to inquire, know, and care about the world.
Philosophy and Purpose
As a public school in Poudre School District, we are required to assess learning using different formal assessment tools such as PARRC, CMAS, MAPs, STAR, ACCESS, DIBELs Next and CogAT. These tools are given to students three times a year, and the results are used to help guide both individual and small group instruction. We also implement many ongoing informal assessments that help determine focus of instructional planning through evaluation and self-reflection.
These assessment results are shared with the students and their families. These results help all stakeholders develop a better understanding of their growth, goals for proficiency, and academic standing in a normative system. When results are reflected upon by the students, parents, teachers, and administrators, the needs of the individuals are emphasized and learning goals set.
As a school we believe that our own professional development is best designed when it is formatted around the needs of our students. Common areas of improvement are identified, and plans are put in place to develop next steps for large group, small group, and individual needs.
Triangulation of educational assessments better inform instruction, student progress, differentiation, and next-steps. Using a variety of assessment tools gives a more complete view of the student. Various modes of learning are recognized in myriad pedagogical approaches; all of which may require a different tool to assess learning and progress. Therefore our assessment practices help determine the needs of the individual and of the group. The process of assessment may include the following strategies:
- Unit tests
- Pre/post Assessments
- Formative and Summative
- Anecdotal Records
- Open-ended tasks
Evidence of Assessment
Evidence of assessment can be defined as: keeping records, interpreting rubrics, using exemplars, collecting artifacts, and documenting student reflection of their learning. At Cache La Poudre Elementary, effective assessments allow-
Students to demonstrate their knowledge through:
- Communicating what they know
- Setting personal goals
- Recognizing improvement
- Reflecting upon their learning
Teachers to refine instruction by:
- Adjusting curriculum
- Considering student’s culture, learning style, ability, background knowledge
- Reflecting upon teaching and learning
- Developing comprehensive intervention and enrichment opportunities
- Designing rubrics
Parents to recognize:
- Evidence of student growth
- Expected proficiency
- Opportunities to support their child
- Celebrations in learning
Review, Access, and Next Steps
This policy will be placed on the school website, reviewed annually, and refined, as needed.
We recognize as an IB candidate school, we will implement new practices that will be based on our Assessment Policy over the next two years.