Assessments in education take on many forms, ranging from classroom and district (local) to national, from informal to formal, and from subjective to objective. Specific assessments are designed and administered for specific purposes, and results from an assessment must be considered within the context of that assessment's designed purposes. Some assessments are designed to be formative, meaning their results are meant to be used to plan further instruction on the subject. Other assessments are designed to be summative, meaning that their results are meant to be used to evaluate student learning at the end of a lesson, unit, course, semester, or year.
Kansas Assessment Program: Sudents in grades 3-8, 10 and 11 will participate in the Kansas Assessment Program (known as KAP) in the areas of reading, math, social studies and/or science (areas tested vary by grade level). These assessments occur during the spring semester. Find information about the Kansas assessments in the parent guide.
NWEA MAP: Students participate in multiple assessment programs that provide benchmarks for national level performance. Students in 6-10 take the NWEA MAP assessment in both reading and math. This assessment provides instructional data for teachers and measures individual student growth over time. Blue Valley students continue to show growth above what is predicted on a national average. More information is available here.
ACT: High school students may also choose take the ACT assessment that provides performance data in English, mathematics, reading and science. About the ACT
The National Student Clearinghouse provides information about USD 402 graduates. The percentages of students enrolling, remaining and graduating from college continue to be well above the national average. This college-readiness data is complemented by the high percentage of students who participate in college-credit bearing courses during their experience at Augusta High School.