Keystone Assessment Paper

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Review recent standardized test performance data for a given grade level or subject in your practicum school, and choose an area in need of improvement. Evaluate the data from that area by doing the following:

Based on the Pennsylvania Department of Education Keystone Assessment re-sults, our school needs to make improvements in the assessment areas of high school level Al-gebra I, high school level Biology and English III. This competency assessment will focus on English III.

Of the seventy-six students that have participated at least once in the Keystone Assessment for high school English, sixty-six percent of the students scored below basic, thirty-two percent of the students scored basic, and three percent of the students scored proficient.
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YESPhilly administered the Keystone Assessment to its students for the first time during the winter testing window. The scores of students who participated in previous Keystone assessments transfer with the student profile.

The administration is not surprised with the achievement data that was received after the winter testing window. One hundred percent of the students that YESPhilly serves have dropped out of their traditional educational environment. The student population have multiple academic gaps including an mean entry reading level of seventh grade on the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) , histories of numerous absences, have attended multiple schools or have not attended school for up to several
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Without assessment, teachers are unable to effectively reflect of student strengths and shortcomings, and respond to the needs of their learners. Assessment is not a test of whether a student can simply regurgitate information or repeat processes and algorithms at the end of a unit or chapter; assessment is whether a student understands the concepts and skills that are being taught and apply them to new situations outside the sterility of a classroom. Assessment allows teachers to measure what the intended outcomes are against what is occurring in learning. It allows teachers to adjust the pace, method, or activities to reach and purposefully remediate areas of difficulty. Assessment provides schools a window to determine how best to address the weaknesses of students, while at the same time, serves as measures of intermediate goals for achieving overarching

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