How Students Are Assessed
At DCPS, we measure our success by how well our students are achieving. We believe that children can achieve at the highest levels, and that it is our job to enable this.
Our goal is to ensure that students are performing at or above grade-level and ultimately graduating on time, prepared for college and career.
DCPS measures student achievement in a variety of ways, including students’ mastery of standards by content area, promotion rate, on-time graduation rates and college-readiness indicators.
We also evaluate student performance and achievement through several qualitative means, such as observing student engagement and participation in the classroom and reviewing student coursework and portfolios.
Periodic Assessments to Inform Instruction
After each paced interim assessment is given and scored, teachers use the data from these assessments to modify instruction and better assess student needs.
Summative Assessments to Measure Annual Progress