Both formative and summative assessments are an integral part of the Muscle Shoals City Schools’ assessment and instruction. Formative assessment drives instruction and gives teachers vital information about a student’s progress.
Each school year starts with a universal screener given to each student. Muscle Shoals City Schools uses Renaissance Learning STAR Assessments as their universal screener. STAR assessments are computer based and provide valid and reliable data that measure reading, math, and Early Literacy skills. This assessment identifies areas of weakness and helps teachers plan to strengthen those areas.
End-of-the-year summative assessments are provided by the Alabama State Department of Education. Muscle Shoals City Schools participates in all required state testing. The information obtained through the ACT Suite of Assessments is invaluable to both students and teachers. The ACT Plus Writingis a test that is universally recognized by colleges and academic institutions across the nation as part of the admission requirements to college. The ACT Aspire reports reveal whether students are on-track for college success. Aspire reports show specific areas that need improvement as well as areas of strength. Participating in these tests gives our students the best opportunity to make adjustments in their early educational career to ensure their readiness for the ACT Plus Writing. During the 2014-2015 school year, students participated in the ACT Aspire, ACT EXPLORE, ACT PLAN, The ACT Plus Writing, AAA, and ACCESS.
For the 2015-2016 school year, students will take the following assessments offered by the Alabama State of Department of Education: