Balanced Assessment System
Trenton uses a balanced assessment system which includes assessments intended to guide instruction, measure the academic progress of students, and meet the federal and state mandates.
On a daily basis, formative assessment, for learning, is used to inform instruction within and between lessons for both student and teacher. Formative assessment provides feedback and adjustments to instruction to improve learning. Summative assessments, of learning, are administered at the end of a unit, semester, or year to measure students' mastery of academic standards. These include chapter or unit tests as well as district and state assessments.
Below are the major state and district assessments administered to students each year.
M-STEP is a state assessment that measures students' achievement of State Standards. It is administered online to all Michigan students in grades 3-8 each spring. English language arts and mathematics are assessed in grades 3-8, science in grades 4, 7, and 11, and social studies in grades 5, 8, and 11.
MME is the state assessment for high school students administered to juniors across the state each spring. The MME consists of the college entrance exam SAT with essay, M-STEP science and social studies components, and a work skills assessment called ACT WorkKeys.
High school students in grades 9 and 10 take the PSAT to inform students, parents, and schools on what students know in English language arts and mathematics, and help prepare students for the SAT.
Beginning in the 2017-18 school year, i-Ready will be administered to Trenton students in grades K-3 in the fall, winter, and spring. The online assessment adapts to each student, providing easier or harder questions depending on students' answers to previous questions. The reading and mathematics information will help determine if students are on track and also help to identify and plan for students who may need targeted instructional support
The district administers MAP Growth to students in grades 4-8 in the fall, winter, and spring. The online assessment measures how much each student has grown over time and identifies what students are ready to learn in mathematics and reading. This information assists teachers in planning and individualizing instruction based on students' specific needs.