Global Village does not believe in testing for the sake of testing. While we participate in the testing required by the state of Colorado, we also use two other assessments in Middle School because of their value. '
The first is Northwest Evaluation Association’s (NWEA) Measures of Academic Progress (MAP). It is an on-line, computer-adaptive assessment for reading, language usage, and mathematics. Adaptive means that as a student answers questions correctly, the questions presented become more difficult. If the student begins to get questions wrong, the questions presented become less difficult. This feature means that the assessment can precisely measure each student’s understanding as well as a student’s growth over time. Equally important is the fact that the assessment is instructionally relevant. The results enable teachers to precisely pinpoint where students are. They use the results to help students who are performing below expectations and to challenge students who are performing at or above expectations. We assess students using MAP in the fall, winter, and spring.
ACTFL Assessment of PerformanceOur other primary assessment is for world language. We use the ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL). (ACTFL is the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.) The AAPPL assessment measures Interpersonal Listening and Speaking, Presentational Writing, Interpretive Listening, and Interpretive Reading