Tumwater School District

Continuous Student Learning in a Caring, Engaging Environment

Continuous Student Learning in a Caring, Engaging Environment

District Assessment

The goal of the Tumwater School District’s comprehensive assessment program is to provide information on student achievement to students, parents, teachers and the community. This information keeps parents, legal guardians and students up-to-date on progress and achievements and gives educators a standard with which to measure their own and their student’s progress.
Local testing programs include:

  • Common Formative Assessments
  • Benchmark Assessments
  • DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills) 
Common Formative Assessments
Common Formative Assessments are periodic or interim assessments, like quizzes. However they are collaboratively designed by grade-level or course teams of teachers, and administered to all students in a grade level or course several times during the quarter, semester, trimester, or entire school year. They are similar in design and format to state assessments and aligned to district power standards and learning objectives. Participating teachers analyze results in Data Teams during district early release times. Results are used to plan next steps, differentiate instruction and provide feedback to students to improve their quality of work. What do CFA’s give us? They help us to stay focused on standards and selectively abandon objectives that are not aligned. They give teachers the on-going ability to diagnose and prescribe intervention and enrichment. Students reap the added benefit of constructive feedback and support in their learning.

Benchmark Assessments
Benchmark assessments are tests administered throughout the school year, similar to unit or end of course assessments. Benchmark assessments consist of larger clusters of standards and may or may not reflect what has been taught. It informs the teacher which targets students have mastered at that point in time and have predictive value for meeting give teachers a snap shot of mastery of standards at key points during the year whereas common formative assessments are more frequent driving out instructional adjustments.

DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills) 
DIBELS are a set of assessments used for universal screening and progress monitoring in grades K-6. They are standardized, efficient and extensively researched.They help educators identify students who may need additional literacy instruction in order to become proficient readers.
Tara Richerson
Supervisor of CTE/Assessment
Jennifer Bush
Administrative Assistant