At East Moriches School District, we utilize both formative and summative assessments as key tools to guide our instructional methods and meet the learning needs of our students.

Formative assessments are ongoing evaluations of student learning and comprehension during a unit or lesson. These include quick checks for understanding, such as short classroom quizzes, questions and discussions, homework checks, and more. The feedback from formative assessments allows teachers to see where students are struggling in real-time. This enables us to adjust our teaching approaches to address any concept or skill gaps while students are still gaining familiarity.

Summative assessments evaluate student learning at the end of a defined instructional period, such as a unit, quarter, or semester. Examples include unit tests, midterms, finals, benchmark exams, and state standardized tests. Summative results help gauge longer-term retention and academic growth in core subjects. By analyzing summative assessment data, we can measure student proficiency rates and determine whether instructional adjustments are needed across grade levels or the curriculum.

Using both formative and summative data, our teaching staff can pinpoint learning gaps, identify strengths and weaknesses in our academic programs, personalize instruction where possible, and improve lesson design and delivery. Our goal is to provide the differentiated instruction needed to support every student's growth and meet state education standards.

We conduct an i-Ready assessment three times a year. 

i-Ready is an online program for reading and/or mathematics that will help your student’s teacher(s) determine your student’s needs, personalize their learning, and monitor progress throughout the school year. i-Ready allows your teacher(s) to meet your student exactly where they are and provides data to increase your student’s learning gains. i-Ready consists of two parts: Diagnostic and Personalized Instruction.

The i-Ready Diagnostic is an adaptive assessment that adjusts its questions to suit your student’s needs. Each item a student sees is individualized based on their answer to the previous question. For example, a series of correct answers will result in slightly harder questions, while a series of incorrect answers will yield slightly easier questions. The purpose of this is not to give your student a score or grade, but instead to determine how best to support your student’s learning.

i-Ready Personalized Instruction provides students with lessons based on their individual skill level and needs, so your student can learn at a pace that is just right for them. These lessons are fun and interactive to keep your student engaged as they learn.

Would you like to learn more?  You can ask your child’s teacher and watch this video.

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