DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills)
The Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) are a set of assessments to measure the acquisition of early literacy skills from kindergarten through sixth grade. They are designed to be short (one minute) fluency measures used to regularly monitor the development of early literacy and early reading skills. For more information about DIBELS, visit https://dibels.uoregon.edu.
The Measures of Academic Progress tests, commonly known as MAP, are computer-adaptive assessments currently administered to all Primary, Middle, and Upper School students. Students in grades 1st-11th participate in MAP assessments two times a year. The assessments measure student performance and growth in math, reading, language usage, and science. The science tests are given only from 3rd to 11th grade.
MAP is a growth assessment that identifies the amount of learning that has occurred between each test administration (fall and spring). Each test takes students approximately an hour to complete, and results are available immediately following the test.
The Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA), a non-profit organization that has been developing adaptive tests since 1974, is the creator of MAP assessments. More than 24 million MAP assessments have been administered all around the world. For more information about NWEA and MAP assessments, visit www.nwea.org.
These are National Tests required by the Dominican Ministry of Education, administered to students in 12th grade for Math, Science, Spanish Language and Social Studies. Each evaluation is multiple-choice and has a duration of approximately 2 hours. The purpose is to measure students’ knowledge and skills acquired during the primary and high school years.
The overall objective of these National Tests is to support a framework of social, cultural, scientific, analytical and comprehensive skills required to undertake new challenges. It is also used as a measure of the quality of education offered by public and private schools.
In order to take these tests, students should complete all subjects required by the Ministry and obtain a final average greater or equal to 70 in each. Tests are administered in June.
For more information, visit: http://www.educando.edu.do/files/4913/9964/5787/Ordenanza_72004.pdf
The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a programme co-sponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). It is a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT®. It also gives students a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools. Saint George students take these tests in 10th and 11th grade.
The PSAT/NMSQT measures:
• Critical reading skills
• Math problem-solving skills
• Writing skills
Students develop these skills over many years, both in and out of school. This test does not require them to recall specific facts from classes. For more information, visit http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/psat/about.html
The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test that allows students to demonstrate their knowledge and how well they can apply it. Reading, writing and math are tested — subjects that are taught every day in high school classrooms. Most students take the SAT during their junior or senior year of high school, and almost all colleges and universities use the SAT to make admission decisions. Students decide when to take it, but we recommend it be done both in 11th and 12th grades.
Taking the SAT is the first step for a student in finding the right college — the place where they can further develop skills and pursue their passions. But SAT scores are just one of many factors that colleges consider when making their admission decisions. High school grades are also very important. In fact, the combination of high school grades and SAT scores is the best predictor of academic success in college. For more information, visit http://sat.collegeboard.org/home
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