Grades K-3: Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy (DIBELS)
The Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills are a set of procedures and measures for assessing 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.
DIBELS are comprised of seven measures to function as indicators of phonemic awareness, alphabetic principle, accuracy and fluency with connected text, reading comprehension, and vocabulary. DIBELS were designed for use in identifying children experiencing difficulty in acquisition of basic early literacy skills in order to provide support early and prevent the occurrence of later reading difficulties. The District assesses all students in grades K-3 during the benchmark windows and frequently assesses at-risk students to monitor their progress toward meeting the benchmark.
Grades K-3: mClass Math
The mClass Math assessments are a set of procedures and measures for assessing the acquisition of early numeracy skills from kindergarten through fifth grade. They are designed to be short (one minute) fluency measures used to regularly monitor the development of early numeracy and math fluency skills. For the 2011-12 school year, the District will assesses students in grades K-2 during the benchmark windows and regularly assesses at-risk students to monitor their progress toward meeting the benchmark.
Grades 2-8: Dunkirk Benchmark Assessments (DBA)
District-created Curriculum-Based Measures (CBM) that monitor student progress toward achieving proficiency on the NYS Learning Standards in ELA and Math.
Grades 2-8: Star Reading, Star Math and Star Early Literacy
Norm-referenced achievement tests in Reading, Math, and Early Literacy. Used by the District as a universal screening tool, these assessments provide information on screening, progress-monitoring, instructional planning, state standards, and state performance, which allows teachers to use data to drive their instruction and practice, and plan interventions for students that are at-risk of falling below benchmark.
Grades 3-8: New York State Testing Program (NYSTP) - Math, ELA and Science Assessments
These mandatory State assessments are administered annually in April-June by the New York State Department of Education. Results are provided to the district by the Western New York Regional Information Center (WNYRIC), and results will be used to determine the tier of intervention in conjunction with DBAs, DIBELS, STAR Math, STAR Reading, and data teams discussions.
Grades 9-12: New York State Regents assessments - ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies Mandatory State high school exit assessments are administered annually in January, June and August by the New York State Department of Education. Results are used to determine which students require AIS services, in conjunction with data team discussions.
Tracking of Intervention Services
Students not meeting the State standards for proficiency (in grades 3-12) may be referred for AIS services. Additionally, students not meeting proficiency in the district’s benchmark assessments may receive AIS services in reading, English Language Arts, and mathematics. Students receiving Academic Intervention Services (AIS) will be monitored for program effectiveness.