|District Assessment Plan|
The Webster Groves School District (WGSD) uses formal assessment data to monitor student progress and program effectiveness. WGSD administers standardized tests to monitor progress in general academic achievement and to measure the effectiveness of district programs. Additionally, WGSD has developed local assessments to provide practice for the Missouri Assessment Plan (MAP), End of Course (EOC) and to assess areas not measured by the MAP.
WGSD believes that the core purpose of assessment is to enhance student learning. Formal assessments are administered to benefit students both directly and indirectly. These assessments benefit students directly when they document individual achievement and progress, and when they identify specific areas of academic strength and weakness. Indirect benefits are obtained when formal assessment data are used to revise and improve educational programs. This data also provides educators with information about instructional effectiveness in relation to student learning.
Students will have opportunities to demonstrate what they know and can do on various standardized tests throughout their years in the district. These formal assessments provide a “snapshot” of student performance at a given place and time. To complete the picture of student progress, daily ongoing assessment, embedded in the teaching process and used to provide regular feedback, will also be conducted as an essential means to enhance student learning.