Huda School & Montessori enjoys the reputation of exceptional academic excellence, which is substantiated by consistent high levels of performance on state and national standardized assessments. Huda School participates in four types of assessments: Standardized Test for the Assessment of Reading (STAR), Fountas & Pinnell, Northwest Evaluation Association's Measure of Academic Progress (NWEA MAP), and Michigan Student Test of Academic Progress (M-STEP). Standardized test student performance is just one data point used in combination with data points of formative and summative assessments used in the classroom to guide instruction.
Standardized Test for the Assessment of Reading (STAR)
STAR reading assessments provide data on students' reading skills, so teachers may set goals, respond to student needs, monitor progress, and maximize growth. The students are assessed in 46 reading skills in Foundational Skills, Literature, Informational Text, and Language. The STAR reading tests are administered three times a year.
Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment Systems
Using the Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment Systems to determine student's independent and instructional reading levels, teachers are able to observe student reading behaviors one-on-one, engage in comprehension conversations that go beyond retelling, and make informed decisions that connect assessment to instruction. It provides teachers with precise tools and texts to observe and quantify specific reading behaviors, and then interpret and use that data to plan meaningful instruction. Fountas & Pinnell assessments are administered 2-3 times a year.
Northwest Evaluation Association's Measure of Academic Progress (NWEA MAP)
NWEA MAP creates an assessment that adapts to each student's learning level. It measures the student's progress and growth. First grades - Second grades are tested in reading and math. Third grades - 8th grades are tested in reading, math, and language. The test is administered twice a year.
Michigan Student Test of Academic Progress (M-STEP)
The M-STEP is a 21st Century test given primarily online each spring and is designed to gauge how well students are mastering state standards. These standards broadly outline what students should know and be able to do in order to be prepared to enter college. M-STEP results, when combined with classroom work, report cards, and other tools, offer a comprehensive view of student progress and achievement. Grades 3 - 8 are tested in subjects, such as Reading, Math, Social Studies, and Science. The test is administered once in the spring for grades 3 - 8.