Assessments measure how and what students learn to determine whether changes or interventions are needed to help our students succeed. We use assessments to gauge whether they have the skills and knowledge to be successful learners. We also use assessments to develop new and varied educational experiences that allow our students to develop their talents and abilities.
The Connecticut State Board of Education adopted the Connecticut Core Standards in 2010. Region 14 has transitioned curriculum in K-12 English Language Arts and Math to align with these standards as well as current state assessments. The science and engineering content standards that describe the full range of core science ideas and inquiry practices that students need to be prepared for college, careers, and personal/civic decision-making are defined in two sets of science standards documents: the Framework for K-12 Science Education (National Research Council, 2012) and Connecticut’s Core Science Curriculum Framework (Connecticut State Department of Education, 2004.)
Region 14 Assessments
SBAC and NGSS
The Connecticut Smarter Balanced assessments are aligned to Connecticut Core Standards in English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics and are administered to students in grades 3 through 8 in March through June of each school year. The Next Generation Science Standards assessments are aligned with Connecticut's Core Science Curriculum Framework and are administered to students in grades 5, 8, and 11.
The computer-based assessment system includes summative assessments, optional interim assessments, and formative assessment practices. It provides tools to improve teaching and learning. The assessment system includes a computer-adaptive test and performance tasks. This assessment can be used to describe student achievement and growth of student learning as part of program evaluation as well as school, district, and state accountability systems.
Optional computer-adaptive and fixed-form interim assessments can be administered at locally determined intervals. The interim assessments allow teachers to check student progress throughout the year, giving them actionable information to inform instruction and help students meet the challenge of college and career ready standards.
SBAC and NGSS also include a digital library of instructional and professional learning resources aligned to the Connecticut Core Standards to help educators implement the formative assessment process and an online reporting system that provides assessment results to students, parents, teachers, and administrators. The reports show student achievement and progress toward college and career readiness.