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Assessment & Accountability

While standards describe what students are expected to know, understand, and be able to do, assessment is the ongoing process of gathering evidence from multiple sources to determine what each student actually knows, understands, and can demonstrate. Assessment results are then used to improve instruction and program design. 

Formative assessment tools are embedded in instruction and provide teachers and pupils with timely feedback to guide shifts in instruction and learning. Teachers can use formative assessment tools to provide corrective feedback, modify their instruction, or identify areas where additional instruction and other supports are needed.

Summative assessments are conducted at the end of a specific timeframe, often at the end of a semester or school year. They are designed to evaluate students’ performance against a defined set of content standards and are often highly structured.

The Miller Creek School district uses both local and state assessment.