Assessment

Assessment

At Queen of the Rosary all students learn through intentional instruction and deliberate interventions that are based on formal and informal assessments that are used to monitor, or assess, student progress. 

Teachers routinely evaluate the performance of all students, paying particular attention to individuals whose scores and performance reflect inadequate progress.  Teachers then implement evidence-based intervention strategies, including but not limited to use of calculators, computers, graphic organizers, preferential seating, extra credit, visuals, time extensions, organizational tools, reduced assignments, alternate testing, and regular and frequent home/school communication.

The faculty works collaboratively to ensure that all students reach appropriate levels of achievement. Both standardized testing data and classroom work samples are utilized: results are collected, analyzed, and shared among teachers in order to evaluate existing instruction and develop new instructional practices. Collected data, for example, is used for placement of junior high students in math and science. 


Standardized Achievement Testing

Aspire Test Letter from Archdiocese of Chicago

Queen of the Rosary historically administered Terra Nova, Third Edition standardized achievement tests to third, fifth, and seventh grade students in March of every academic year.  Beginning in April 2016, however, the Aspire test (produced by ACT) will be administered to students in grades three through eight across the Archdiocese of Chicago.  Unlike the Terra Nova test, the Aspire standardized achievement test aligns closely to the new curriculum standards of the Archdiocese.

Students complete tests in five key areas: English, math, reading, science, and writing.  The Aspire test, unlike the Terra Nova, requires students to produce an extended written response to a grade-level appropriate prompt. 

In the past, Queen of the Rosary students who took the Terra Nova test scored above the national average for all subtests, which included reading, language, math, science, and social studies.  They also scored consistently above the average of all Chicago Archdiocesan Catholic schools.  It is important to note here that since the Aspire test is aligned to more rigorous curriculum standards which require students to respond to more complex questions, some students’ scores on the Aspire may not be consistent with their previous performance on the Terra Nova test.

Standardized achievement test results are reviewed annually by the principal and teachers of the testing grades, noting both positive and negative trends.  Assessment results are used to develop curriculum and goals (school-wide and individual) for the upcoming school year.
For more information on the Aspire test, please access the following link:

http://www.discoveractaspire.org/