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Student assessment is a key part of instruction in today's world. Based on the information we learn from student assessments, we know whether a student, a class, a grade or even an entire school are moving along at a proper pace.
Basically, there are two agencies that create, administer, review and report the results of the major assessments conducted in public schools: the U.S. Dept. of Education and the Connecticut State Dept. of Education.
The U.S. Dept. of Education: In 2001, President George W. Bush signed into law the No Child Left Behind Act. As part of this very far-reaching and complex piece of legislation, every student is required to take a standardized assessment at least once a year. This assessment is used to determine the progress a school district is making. Schools and school districts are expected to achieve Adequate Yearly Progress (also known as AYP). When schools do not achieve AYP, additional assistance is directed to the school. In Connecticut, we use the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) and the Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) as our assessment tool.
Strategic School Profiles (SSP): provide an annual 'snapshot' of all activity within a school. These reports include information, both by individual school and by district, on enrollment, standardized test scores, faculty, physical plant, demographics, and much, much more. Check it out!