The West Ottawa staff continually work to improve instruction, seeking ways to help all students succeed. Analysis of student achievement data is used to review and revise curriculum standards and instructional strategies. It is also used to guide staff professional development.
Recognizing no one measure can capture the full range of student learning, West Ottawa uses a variety of methods to assess student progress and academic achievement, to monitor mastery of skills, and to provide valuable data regarding the curriculum’s effectiveness in providing students with the knowledge, facts and skills deemed essential by the Board of Education and Michigan Department of Education.
West Ottawa Public Schools utilize the following methods for measuring student achievement:
M-STEP (Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress)
The Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress summative assessment was designed to measure student growth effectively for today’s students. We use M-STEP tests to measure how well our curriculum aligns with the Michigan State Standards in the content areas of reading, math and writing as well as the Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations and High School Standards in the content areas of science and social studies. The M-STEP tests are given at the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, and at 11th grade .
Additional Assessment Methods
To accommodate students’ different learning styles, West Ottawa Public Schools also assesses students using the following methods:
- Authentic projects
- Common Summative/Formative assessments
- Discovery Ed district interim assessments
- Constructed and extended responses
- Running records and DIBELS
- ACT Work Keys
In addition, students are at times allowed a choice in the way they demonstrate their understanding of core concepts. We continually monitor these assessments to plan for student instruction and curriculum reform. It is our goal to provide the students of West Ottawa with a curriculum grounded in research that promotes academic excellence.