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Assessment is an integral part of the learning process in the Hamilton School District. It determines whether or not the goals of education are being met and informs decisions about curriculum, instruction, placement, advancement and grades. It helps educators know if students are learning district curriculum and if there is a better way to teach the subject matter.

平衡的评估项目提供了多种我asures of a student’s learning. The Hamilton School District Assessment Program includes three levels of assessment:

  • classroom assessments that monitor student progress and tailor instruction to meet student needs;
  • district assessments that provide a common measure of achievement in reading, language arts, mathematics and writing; and
  • standardized tests that are most useful to evaluate district curriculum and programming and analyze achievement of disaggregated groups of students by gender, special education, minorities, English language learners and economically disadvantaged.

2022-23 assessment schedule

Following is the 2022-23 schedule of district and standardized assessments that will be administered in the Hamilton School District.

  • Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS)– early literacy screener for students in grade 4K (fall and spring)
  • Wisconsin Forward exam威斯康辛州的学生承认——一个在线评估nistered in English language arts and mathematics in grades 3 through 8, in science in grades 4 and 8, and in social studies in grades 4, 8 and 10. (March 20-April 28)
  • PreACTSecure– An online summative assessment that measures what ninth- and 10th-graders have learned in English, reading, mathematics and science and predicts how a student will perform on the ACT when they are juniors. (March 20-24 and March 27-31)
  • ACT Plus Writing– An online test for all juniors in reading, mathematics, English, science and writing to help students understand what they need to learn next so they can build rigorous high school course plans and identify career areas that align with their interests. It can also be used for college admission, scholarships, course placement and NCAA eligibility. (March 7)
  • ACT Work Keys– taken by all juniors and includes applied mathematics, locating information, and reading for information. It is used to help students understand how they can improve their career readiness skills and helps employers determine whether individuals are qualified for positions
  • Dynamic Learning Maps– an alternate assessment for the Forward exam (March 20 – April 28)
  • ACCESS– for English Language Learners (Dec. 1 – Jan. 27)
  • Fastbridge Reading and Math– Grades 5K-12 – FAST is an assessment suite and stands for Formative Assessment System for Teachers. The assessments are adaptive, computerized achievement tests that provide teachers, students and parents with feedback concerning a student’s progress in meeting reading, language arts and mathematics standards. The test results give teachers valid and reliable information about individual student progress as well as progress of the class as a whole. The assessment is given in the fall, winter and spring.
  • College entrance exams– Students may choose to take additional college entrance examinations including PSAT, SAT and ACT.

For more information about state assessments please visit the Department of Public Instruction2022-23 state assessment scheduleandassessment page.