Performance Based Assessments

NOTE: Performance Based Assessment (PBA) scores for English 8 Writing and Social Studies will be posted through the teacher’s Gradebook soon.  Click on your students subject below and scroll to “What Does the Scores Mean” to learn more about PBA scoring and your child’s progress.

Performance Based Assessments (PBA)

Performance Based Assessments measure subject-matter proficiency by requiring students to apply the content and skills they have learned to an authentic task.  PBAs should present opportunities for students to demonstrate acquisition of the “Five C’s” – critical thinking, creativity, communication, collaboration and citizenship – rather than traditional assessments which focus more on factual rote memorization.

Click on the link to see the PBA for a grade or subject area.

 

3rd Grade (World History) US History I (Grade 6) and US History II (Grades 6 and 7)

Purpose of assessment: Each year, students demonstrate mastery of the standards, competencies, and objectives of the course through a process that consists of an evaluation of evidence including student’s responses to performance based assessments.

Grades Taking the assessment:  3, 6, 7

Dates:  There are no specific dates for these assessments.  A variety of assessments will be given throughout the year and each performance assessment will likely cross multiple days.

What to expect during the assessment:  Performance based assessments are embedded in instruction.  Students may complete the assessments virtually or in person depending on the learning format they are participating in.  All students will participate in these assessments as they are embedded in instruction.

Practice links:  No practice as the assessment is part of instruction.  Teachers may expose students to performance assessments multiple times throughout the school year to support learning and growth.

What Does the Scores Mean:  The performance based assessments are scored using a 4 point rubric created by the VDOE.

Click here to view the results explanation for 3rd grade history.

Click here to view the results explanation for 6th and 7th grade history

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Virginia Studies (Grade 4) and Civics and Economics (Grade 7)

Purpose of assessment: For the 20-21 school year only, students will demonstrate mastery of the standards, competencies, and objectives of the course through a process that consists of an evaluation of evidence including student’s responses to performance based assessments.

Grades Taking the assessment:  4, 7

Dates:  There are no specific dates for these assessments.  A variety of assessments will be given throughout the year and each performance assessment will likely cross multiple days.

What to expect during the assessment:  Performance based assessments are embedded in instruction.  Students may complete the assessments virtually or in person depending on the learning format they are participating in.  All students will participate in these assessments as they are embedded in instruction.

Practice links:  No practice as the assessment is part of instruction.  Teachers may expose students to performance assessments multiple times throughout the school year to support learning and growth.

What Does the Scores Mean:  The performance based assessments are scored using a 4 point rubric created by the VDOE.

Click here to view the results explanation of Virginia Studies.

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8th Grade World Geography & 8th Grade English Language Arts Writing

Purpose of assessment: For the 2020-21 school year, students will demonstrate mastery of the standards, competencies, and objectives of these two courses through an integrated process that consists of an evaluation of evidence including student’s responses to performance assessment tasks. For Word Geography, the scores of two common performance based assessments will be used as part of this process.  One of those will be a common assessment delivered in conjunction with Grade 8 ELA.

Grades taking the assessment:  8

Dates: One of the common performance based assessments (in the format of a Document Based Question, or DBQ) will be delivered during the class period from March 8th to March 26th.  In their World Geography classes, students will be asked to complete the content-based document-analysis part of the DBQ process.  Following spring break, in their Grade 8 ELA classes, students will write essays on the DBQ topic.  Students will not be scored on their writing ability in as part of the Social Studies assessment.  Students will not be scored on their Social Studies content knowledge as part of the ELA assessment.The second World Geography common performance based assessment does not have a specific date or date range.  A variety of assessments will be incorporated throughout the year and each performance assessment will likely cross multiple days.

What to expect during the assessment:  Performance based assessments are embedded in instruction.  Students may complete the assessments virtually or in-person depending on the instructional delivery model in which they are participating.  All students will participate in these assessments as they are embedded in instruction.  The results of performance assessments will be one component used to confer a locally awarded verified credit in World Geography. Feedback about student’s ELA writing will also be provided.

Practice links:  No practice, as the assessment is part of instruction.  Teachers may expose students to performance assessments multiple times throughout the school year to support learning and growth.

What do the scores mean:  Both performance based assessments are scored using rubrics created by the VDOE Virginia Department of Education Scoring Rubric for English 8 Writing.

Click here to view the English results letter.

Click here to view the results explanation of World Geo

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High School:  World Geography, World History I, World History II, VA/US History

Purpose of assessment: For the 20-21 school year, students will demonstrate mastery of the standards, competencies, and objectives of the course through a process that consists of an evaluation of evidence including student’s responses to performance assessment tasks.   The scores of two common performance based assessments will be used as part of this process.

Grades Taking the assessment:  Students in grades 9-12 that are taking World Geography, World History I, World History II, or VA/US History.

Dates: There are no specific dates for these assessments.  A variety of assessments will be given throughout the year and each performance assessment will likely cross multiple days.

What to expect during the assessment:  Performance based assessments are embedded in instruction.  Students may complete the assessments virtually or in person depending on the learning format they are participating in.  All students will participate in these assessments whether or not they need a verified credit as this assessment is embedded in instruction.  The results of performance assessments will be one component used to confer a locally awarded verified credit to those students who need one.

Practice links:  No practice as the assessment is part of instruction.  Teachers may expose students to performance assessments multiple times throughout the school year to support learning and growth.

What Does the Scores Mean:  The performance based assessments are scored using a 4 point rubric created by the VDOE.

Click here to view the results explanation for VA/US history

Click here to view the results explanation of World Geo, World History I and II

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5th Grade English Language Arts Writing

Purpose of assessment: All 5th grade students are required by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) to participate in a local alternative assessment in the area of Writing. In order to complete this assessment, our APS students are asked to compose and submit a writing piece in response to a prompt selected by the school division.  This assessment allows us to determine how well your student is performing with writing at this moment in time. Students’ writing will be assessed formally in areas of composing and written expression, and usage and mechanics.

Grades Taking the assessment: 5

Dates: By April 23, 2021

What to expect during the assessment: This process is standardized across the school division for all 5th grade students, and this assessment will be completed during an English Language Arts block. The time required to complete the writing assignment should not take more than 90 minutes. Once the prompt is given to our students, they are expected to work independently to plan, compose, and type their piece, and then submit their writing to their assigned teacher. For our students who are in the full-distance learning environment, they will need to complete the assessment remotely without assistance.

Practice links:  No practice, as the assessment is part of instruction.  Teachers may expose students to performance assessments multiple times throughout the school year to support learning and growth.

What Does the Scores Mean: Your student’s writing piece will be scored by a team of teachers at each school, using a rubric provided by the VDOE.  APS will use those scores to help make program-related decisions regarding the areas of writing for future instructional support.

Click here to view the 5th Grade Writing PBA Assessment Score Explanation

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3rd Grade Science

Purpose of assessment: Each year, students demonstrate mastery of the standards, competencies, and objectives of the course through a process that consists of an evaluation of evidence including student’s responses to performance based assessments. The focus of science in third grade is interactions in our world. Students continue to study forces and matter by learning about simple machines and by examining the interactions of materials in water. They also look at how plants and animals, including humans, are constantly interacting with the living and nonliving aspects of the environment. This includes examining how adaptations satisfy life needs of plants and the importance of water, soil, and the sun in the survival of plants and animals. Throughout the elementary years, students will develop scientific skills, supported by mathematics and computational thinking, as they learn science content. In third grade, students will develop more sophisticated skills in posing questions and predicting outcomes, planning and conducting simple investigations, collecting and analyzing data, constructing explanations, and communicating information about the natural world. Students begin to use the engineering design process to apply their scientific knowledge to solve problems.

Grades Taking the assessment:  3

Dates:  There are no specific dates for these assessments.  A variety of assessments will be given throughout the year and each performance assessment will likely cross multiple days.

What to expect during the assessment:  Performance based assessments are embedded in instruction.  Students may complete the assessments virtually or in person depending on the learning format they are participating in.  All students will participate in these assessments as they are embedded in instruction.

Practice links:  No practice as the assessment is part of instruction.  Teachers may expose students to performance assessments multiple times throughout the school year to support learning and growth.

What Does the Scores Mean:  The performance based assessments are scored using a rubric created by the VDOE.

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