Grand Forks Public Schools is committed to measuring student progress and achievement. For the purpose of being accountable for student achievement, Grand Forks Public Schools maintains a comprehensive program of assessment for all students.
There are two types of assessments, formative and summative.
- Formative assessments occur during the learning process and are often referred to as “assessment for learning." Formative assessments are used to plan instruction to meet students’ needs and to determine student needs. Feedback from formative assessments is intended to happen frequently to improve and monitor student learning.
- Formative assessments that are determined by Grand Forks Public Schools, individual schools, and/or teachers include:
- Progress monitoring checks (using STAR or running records) - once every 2-8 weeks
- Kindergarten assessments - three times per year
- On-demand writing assessments - two times per year in grades 1-5
- Curriculum assessments - ongoing
- Summative assessments happen at the end of the learning process and are often referred to as “assessment of learning." These assessments are used to measure achievement on a completed task, project, unit, or course. Summative assessments are often used for reporting about student progress.
Federally and state mandated assessments include:
- North Dakota State Assessment - given one time per year to students in grades 3-8 and 10
- North Dakota State Assessment in Science - given one time per year to students in grades 4, 8, and 11
- ACT - given one time per year to students in grade 11
- NAEP - given one time every other year to students in grades 4 and 8
District determined assessments include:
- STAR Reading and STAR Math - given three times per year to students in grades 1-8
- ACT Aspire - given three times per year to students in grades 9 and 10
Why so many assessments? A variety of assessments are necessary to help address the needs of our students. Data collected from assessments will lead to improved instruction and student achievement if used properly. Therefore, no single assessment could measure a student’s total learning in a school environment. We use multiple measures to get a complete picture of student performance.
Under state law, parents can direct school districts not to administer any state test or state assessment required in accordance with section 15.1-21-08 in ND Century Code. This form should be completed to withhold administration of a student assessment. Each assessment and subject require a separate form. Please complete the form and submit to the principal prior the start of the assessment.This form can be used for the following assessments:• North Dakota State Assessment Science (Grades 4, 8, 11)• North Dakota State Assessment English Language Arts (Grades 3-8 & 10)• North Dakota State Assessment Math (Grades 3-8 & 10)• STAR Reading (Grades 1-8)• STAR Math (Grades 1-8)• ACT Aspire English (Grades 9-10)• ACT Aspire Reading (Grades 9-10)• ACT Aspire Math (Grades 9-10)• ACT Aspire Science (Grades 9-10)This form cannot be used for:• ACT• ACT WorkKeys