In the Cherry Creek School District, assessments are generally defined as the various methods or tools teachers use to determine what students know, understand, and are able to do. Assessments serve to answer PLC Question 2: How will we know students have learned? Teachers check student learning at all levels, from daily classroom activities through performance on district and state summative assessments and allow us to evaluate successes and challenges related to PLC Question 1: What do we expect every student to learn? and also provide information for determining appropriate responses for PLC Question 3: What will we do when every student has not yet learned? and PLC Question 4: What will we do when students have already mastered the content?
Teachers use a variety of assessments to determine student proficiency:
- Formative assessment
- Summative assessment
- ACTFL based proficiency assessments
- Participation and class work
- Cooperative learning
- Group discussion and collaboration