Standards & Assessments

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Standards & Assessments2019-05-13T14:51:36-04:00

Standards-Based Grading

Executive Education Academy Charter School is currently transitioning 1st-4th grade to a standards-based report card. Kindergarten already uses a standards-based report card and it provides families with information about children’s progress toward Pennsylvania State Standards. In addition, it defines the expectations for mastery on grade-specific skills and knowledge. The report card identifies areas of strength and goals to assist teachers and families in supporting students. The purpose of standards-based grading is to raise student achievement by clearly communicating a student’s progress toward learning outcomes in a timely, fair, accurate, and specific manner.

EEACS is excited to roll out this standards-based initiative at the elementary level and full implementation is projected for the 2019-2020 school year. For more information about standards-based grading or the development process please contact our Chief Academic Officer, Tiffany O’Brien.

Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA)

Pennsylvania System of School Assessment is a standards-based, criterion-referenced assessment which provides students, parents, educators, and citizens with an understanding of student and school performance related to the attainment of proficiency of the academic standards.  These standards in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science and Technology identify what a student should know and be able to do at varying grade levels.

Every Pennsylvania student in grades 3 through 8 is assessed in English Language Arts and Math. Every Pennsylvania student in grades 4 and 8 is assessed in science.

Results can be used to assist teachers in identifying students who may be in need of additional educational opportunities and provide information to schools and districts for curriculum and instruction improvement discussions and planning.

Schoolwide Title 1

Title I is a federally funded program designed to assist students in the area of reading and math. The overall purpose of the program is to ensure that all children have a fair and equal opportunity to obtain a high-quality education. A schoolwide program is a comprehensive reform strategy designed to upgrade the entire educational program in a Title I building.
The primary goal of a Schoolwide Title I building is to ensure that all students, particularly those who are low achieving, demonstrate proficient and advanced levels of achievement on State academic standards in math and reading.
The emphasis of a schoolwide program is on serving all students, improving all structures that support student learning, and combining all resources, as allowed, to achieve a common goal. Schoolwide programs maximize the impact of Title I.
Our schoolwide plan was developed with the help of parents, teachers, and administrators. The schoolwide plan is evaluated annually to determine whether the academic achievement of all students has improved, particularly the low achieving students.
As a schoolwide building, the staff is looking at all students’ assessment data regularly. Any student displaying a deficit in any reading or math area will receive additional support to help that student become proficient. The support offered will be very flexible.
As a Title I Schoolwide building, all students are considered Title I students and all teachers are considered Title I teachers. Materials purchased with federal dollars can be used throughout the building for all students and all teachers. Your student will be able to receive additional support from all staff members.
As part of the Title I program’s federally required documentation, all Title I families will receive a family compact letter. The compact is a promise that the school, the parents, and the student will all work toward helping the student become a proficient student. The EEACS Parent Involvement policy is listed on our website, along with other Title 1 resources.

Pennsylvania Keystone Assessments

The Keystone Exams are end-of-course assessments designed to assess proficiency in the subject areas of Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Literature, English Composition, Biology, Chemistry, U.S. History, World History, and Civics and Government. Students currently are required to take Algebra I, Literature, and Biology Keystones. These assessments are not graduation requirements at this time.

Future Ready Index

The new Future Ready Index is now available to all of our stakeholders. Student achievement data provide valuable information to students, parents, educators, and the public about whether all students are meeting the challenging State academic standards. Use the link below to access EEACS data at any time!