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District Assessment Information

Assessment is simply a way to provide results to make informed decisions.  It is a source of gathering information about a student so we can plan. We can think of all assessments as falling into one of two general categories: assessments FOR learning and assessments OF learning.  Both categories have their place in education and in the classroom. 

Assessments of learning are those assessments that happen after learning is supposed to have occurred to determine if it did, in fact, occur. State, district and classroom summative assessments represent this type of assessment. 

Assessment for learning happens while learning is still underway.  These are the assessments that we conduct throughout teaching and learning to diagnose student needs, plan our next steps in instruction, provide students with feedback they can use to improve the quality of their work, and help students be in control of their journey to success. Below are some examples of how assessment is used in the Glendale-River Hills School District: 

  • STAR assessments in grades K-8.  STAR is a computer-adaptive assessment in math and reading
  • Writing samples: narrative, argument and information
  • End-of-unit assessments, basic fact assessments and final learning projects
  • Teaching students to use rubrics to guide decision-making
  • Teachers using rubrics to guide instruction
  • Homework, class work, tests, and quizzes
  • Specific teacher feedback on student work
  • etc.


Additional STAR Information