Monterey County Home Charter School administers a variety of assessments throughout the year. Some of these exams are mandated by the state. Examples of these tests include the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE), which all high school students must pass to graduate; the CAASPP assessments, which assesses student mastery the California Common Core State Standards in core curriculum (i.e., language arts, math, science, and social science) in the second through eleventh grades; and the California English Language Development Test (CELDT), which assesses the English language proficiency of students whose primary language is not English. As a public school, we are required to participate in these assessments.
We also have diagnostic assessments that are used to help determine each student’s academic needs. One example of these assessments are the entrance packets that students are given when they enroll. These evaluations serve to decide what curriculum will be appropriate for each student. Additional examples of these assessments include our internal NWEA MAP quarterly and intake assessments, the Independent Study Placement Test, School City assessments, the San Diego Quick Reading Assessment, and the DIBELS.
Ongoing student assessment is crucial to student success. Assessment data can be used to provide each student with both the most appropriate intervention and the most relevant instruction. Formative assessments demonstrate that the students are learning the intended material. Teacher made tests, essays, projects, and chapter tests are some of the tools used to measure progress. Summative assessments include the state mandated tests and comprehensive subject assessments (i.e., final exams, exit interviews, term papers, etc.). Moreover, Monterey County Home Charter School also has requirements for eighth grade promotion, and all grade levels have mandated final assessments.