ESSENTIAL COMPONENTS OF SPL - Assessment
A major feature of SPL is its use of data to drive the decision-making process at the individual student, classroom and school levels. To support SPL’s fluid approach, reliable and ongoing information must be available to:
SPL acknowledges that an efficient assessment system is highly advantageous. Assessment must function in support of learning, not as a replacement for instruction. Students’ time is at a premium. With these factors in mind, SPL is in support of using data from a multitude of sources. Using a system of assessments that increases in frequency and intensity as evidence of insufficient student growth progressively accumulates is also supported.
SPL recognizes five main objectives of an effective assessment plan:
SPL embraces five types of assessment that can contribute to productive decision making for student learning thereby maximizing accomplishment: (1) screening/interim; (2) formative/classroom assessment; (3) progress monitoring; (4) diagnostic assessment; and (5) summative assessment.