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The School District of Mauston practices a Balanced Assessment approach to both inform the next steps in instruction to help students achieve the standards and measure progress toward achieving those standards.  Teachers use a variety of assessment tools appropriate for the age of the student (s), the specific learning target, the standards, and curriculum.  Below are the State and District assessments taken by all students.  For more information about how learning is measured in specific grade levels and classes, please contact your child’s teacher.

District and State Assessments - Grades 4K - 2

Students in 4K, and K take the Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) which is an assessment of early literacy and fulfills the state assessment for early screening of our students in these grade levels. PALS is given multiple times during the school year to measure student progress in attaining these early literacy skills.  Teachers share assessment information from the PALS with families following screening windows.  Students in 4K and K will take the PALS in October, January and April.  For more information on the PALS assessment go to: http://www.palsresource.info/parents/


The Fountas and Pinnell Reading Assessment is an individual assessment used to measure fluency and comprehension. Teachers use this assessment to determine a student's instructional and independent reading level.  Teachers are able to observe and record student reading behaviors, engage students in comprehension conversations, and make informed decisions that connect assessment to teaching. Teachers receive scores immediately and share with families at conference time.  Students in grades 1 & 2 will take the Fountas and Pinnell (F&P) assessment in September, January, and May.  Students in Kindergarten will take the assessment in January and May.

For information about F&P text levels go to: Text Level Ladder of Progress

For specifics about the assessment, please talk with your child's teacher.

STAR Early Literacy is a measure of both early literacy and math skills.  Students in grades K will take STAR Early Literacy and students in grades 1 & 2 may take this assessment depending on individual learning needs. Teachers receive student scores immediately and share with families during conferences. Students will take the STAR Early Literacy assessment in September, January, and May.

For information about STAR Early Literacy please go to: Renaissance - STAR Early Literacy

For specifics about the assessment, please talk with your child's teacher.


Students in grades 1 & 2 take STAR Reading and Math.  STAR Reading and Math Assessments are computer adaptive assessments that measure student progress toward achieving state standards.  STAR Reading and Math Assessments are taken 3 times a year for screening purposes.  The information that teachers receive informs planning to help students meet or exceed state standards at their specific grade levels. Reports are shared with families at conference time.  Students in grades 1 & 2 will take STAR in September, January, and May.

For more information about STAR Reading go to: Renaissance - STAR Reading

For more information about STAR Math go to: Renaissance - STAR Math


Teachers also assess and record three types of writing in grades K-2:

Teachers measure student progress in writing using a common rubric for each grade level that becomes more rigorous through the years.  These scores are collected as at the end of the unit of instruction for each type of writing.  Scores are shared with families at conferences.


ACCESS for ELLS - All of our students who are English Language Learning will take the ACCESS assessment.  This is a state assessment that measures student growth in English Language proficiency including speaking, writing, listening and reading.  Identified students take the ACCESS during the winter assessment window.

Results from this assessment are mailed to parents near the end of April.

For more information about ACCESS go to: ACCESS.


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