Assessment and Accountability
The primary purpose of assessment is to improve student learning. The Larkspur-Corte Madera School District has developed an assessment system that incorporates classroom assessments (the primary means to inform instruction and learning), local assessments and state-mandated assessments.
Teachers frequently administer a variety of assessments to monitor student progress towards common core standards. These assessments can include tests, quizzes, projects, discussions, portfolios, presentations and assignments. The results of these assessments inform instruction throughout the year and help teachers meet the individual needs of each student.
The District administers benchmark assessments to all students in reading, writing and math three times a year. These assessments measure student growth throughout the year and provide valuable data to classroom teachers and grade level teams.
The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System has replaced the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program. It is comprised of the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments and includes a computer adaptive test and a performance task based on the Common Core State Standards for English language arts/literacy and mathematics. 5th and 8th grade students also take the California Standards Test (CST) in science. The results of these assessments are used to guide instruction, monitor student progress and inform the academic program in the district.