The Shakopee Schools Assessment Plan is an integral part of continuous improvement planning in all district schools. Shakopee school district supports using multiple pieces of information when evaluating student achievement performance. Standardized tests are only a part of the total system of results used by teachers and administrators in planning and implementing educational programs for Shakopee students. Standardized assessments guide improvements to district curriculum and instruction at the district level as well as at the building and classroom levels.
In addition to required Minnesota assessments, Shakopee has elected to administer Northwest Evaluation Association’s Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) in Mathematics, Reading, and Language. Students in grades 2-9 take the tests at various intervals during the school year. Shakopee High School administers the MAP Reading test to all 10th grade students, the MAP Algebra II test to all 11th grade students, and the MAP Reading and Language tests to all ESL students. Some teachers choose to test students who need more frequent monitoring during a winter testing window. Teachers work to help each individual student attain their growth index by the spring of the year.
Teachers, grade level and department teams, and curriculum teams use assessment results to map out strengths and areas of need for individual students, groups of students, and curricular programs. Summary achievement information on all standardized tests is reported each fall to the community as part of the Annual Report on Curriculum, Instruction, and Student Achievement.