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Standardized Assessments

The purpose of using external assessment data is:

  • Identify the skills and concepts individual students have learned
  • Diagnose instructional needs
  • Monitor academic growth over time
  • Make data-informed decisions at the classroom, division, and school-wide levels
  • Ensure optimal alignment of taught curriculum with stated standards
  • Place new students into appropriate instructional programs


ASFM uses the following external standardized tests:

 

 

MEASURES OF ACADEMIC PROGRESS (M.A.P.)

ASFM is using a computerized adaptive test called Measures of Academic Progress (M.A.P.) which is developed by the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA). In a computerized adaptive test, the difficulty of the test is adjusted to the student's performance. The advantage of this testing process is that teachers and students receive prompt feedback and can then personalize instruction based on the student's needs.

As you may know, this was ASFM's first season hosting this kind of standardized assessment, and we are keen to involve and inform our parent community as we proceed down the path of data-driven assessment and learning.
 

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ENLACE

ENLACE
The Evaluación Nacional del Logro Académico en Centros Escolares (ENLACE) is the National exam every student in public and private school takes in Mexico. It is a test designed to obtain additional information on education in Mexico in the areas of Math, Science and Spanish for students in 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 9th, and 12th grades.
 
This exam is not the type a student will pass or fail. The main goal is to reinforce and optimize the abilities and knowledge of our children, so their highest potential is met.
 
ENLACE is an additional tool for the teachers, administration, students and educational authorities from the country to know the actual evolution of education in all the levels: in the state, in the city, in the neighborhood, by group and by student.
 
The government of Mexico has done a good job explaining what ENLACE is, and how it is administered and monitored across the country.
 

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