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Assessment is defined as the methodology utilized by educators in the evaluation of student performance within the offered curriculum. BSFCS incorporates both qualitative and quantitative inventories and observations. Our teachers use a variety of formative, diagnostic, and formal assessments along with less formal subjective assessments, based on educator experience and Bellevue-Santa Fe philosophies and guidelines (see examples below) for academic and behavioral performance. The tools we use for evaluating student learning and academic progress are woven throughout daily teaching and help form the foundation of differentiated instruction. Data derived from the assessment of individual learners drives our educational program. The focus on continual assessment practices shapes the academic program for all our students.

The following represents some examples of assessment protocols used:

  • Integrated Diagnostic Assessment — This form of assessment is woven into the daily educational experience and acts to monitor learning in an interactive, real-time way.
  • Observational Assessment — This form of assessment is based upon teacher observations of student work and behavior in the classroom. A checklist or notes are often used to record observational data.
  • Formal / Summative Assessment — This form of assessment is used for larger units of study. Teachers use this kind of assessment to monitor student learning at the end of a unit of instruction.

Students receive adopted State Standards-based report cards twice a year. Parents, students, and teachers participate in conferences held three times a year (fall, winter, spring). Other forms of progress status are provided throughout the year as needed and directed by the classroom teacher (mid-term progress reports, corrected work, tailored feedback for growth, etc.).

BSFCS students in grades three through six participate in state testing called the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC).  The California Department of Education defines SBAC as “a multi-state consortium working collaboratively to develop a student assessment system aligned with a common core of academic content standards for English language arts/literacy and mathematics. As a Smarter Balanced governing state, California is a decision-making member. Smarter Balanced assessments are designed to measure student progress toward college and career readiness.” Get more details from the CDE website or directly from the SBAC website.  School performance on state tests can be viewed on the California Dashboard.

Examples of Assessment Methods
Integrated Diagnostic Observational Formal, Summative
work samples anecdotal records State testing
writing rubrics social interaction w/ peers unit projects
self-assessments teacher observations chapter/unit tests
reading fluency classroom presentations periodic writing prompts
running record peer observations grades
comprehension responses report cards