Our Assessment Vision

We align assessments directly to TPS learning outcomes and curriculum. We use consistently use learner assessment data to effectively understand each learner’s progress, provide a feedback loop to educators regarding learning strategies, and to help TPS educators and leaders to continuously improve student learning results.

Learning is monitored daily through the use of formative assessments* in the classroom. To monitor learning growth and achievement throughout the year, the following assessments are also used:

  • NWEA MAP Growth is a computer adaptive test created by NWEA that 9th and 10th grade learners take three times per school year. The results provide facilitators with the information needed to deliver appropriate content for each learner and determine each learner’s academic growth over time.
  • PSAT
  • SAT

*A formative assessment is one of a variety of methods that facilitators use to evaluate subject-area comprehension, learning needs, and academic progress during a lesson, unit, or project. They help facilitators identify those concepts that a learner easily grasps, and the learning standards they have not yet met. This allows for flexibility in instruction for areas where additional academic support may be needed.

Grading, gpa, and transcript processes

Ninth grade learners will use the 1-4 competency grading scale this year, but the scores will be translated into letter grades that will be used to calculate a GPA for transcripts. Grading policies for grades 10-12 will not change for the 2018-19 school year.

For more information about the Competency Based Grading Scale and conversion to a traditional GPA, please download the Grading Information Sheet.