We do this by using the standardized, predictive tests coordinated by the Northwest Evaluation Association. These tests - in math, reading, and language arts - are administered three times a year, and they give us a pretty good picture of how our students will perform on the state-mandated test in the spring.
Though we have some students who have not finished, here are the results for last week's battery of tests so far:
These results show some general ideas of where students are beginning the year. For Math, we want to end up with scores above 210, and in Reading and Language, I'd like to see them over 200. As you can see, we have a few students who have already reached these levels, and a few others who are within striking distance. For others, I'm just looking for improvement, this year; it would be nice for everyone to meet the threshold scores, but if we can get them closer, they might be in a better position to match minimum scores in the fifth grade.
Interestingly, the Missouri Assessment Program test from last spring (See below.) shows seems to coincide with the results above. However, as I have told my peers and my students, this is the year we make progress.