Assessment – Priority 1 Detail

Vision – We engage all students in learning, raising the aspirations of all students by embracing them in a learning environment designed to meet the needs of all learners.  We provide a comprehensive curriculum aligned with state and national standards that challenges and prepares all learners from Pre K to 12 and beyond.  The curriculum is research-based and consistently integrates best practices to provide a focus that is aligned horizontally and vertically across all grades and addresses the needs of all students.  The Melrose Public Schools employs highly-qualified teachers and administrators who engage students in a positive and dynamic manner, are student-focused, and work individually and collaboratively to effectively deliver instruction and assessment and advance student performance in all areas of learning.  (excerpt:  Melrose Public Schools Strategic Plan 2010-2015)

Theory of Action – If educators plan instruction with clear learning objectives, develop a culture and climate that fosters strong relationships within the school community, design a current and well-articulated curriculum, and apply the best instructional practices, then teaching and learning will advance and realize high levels of growth and personal success for all learners.

Strategic Objective – Assessment and Data: Employ authentic assessment data to inform teaching and learning in order to advance student performance.

STRATEGIC PRIORITY – Set and revise personal learning goals with students and support them in collecting and analyzing their own data. Develop practices that provide frequent feedback that is reciprocal between teacher and student.



Students at the elementary level for the second year continue to set goals with their classroom teachers, monitor the progress of those goals, and revise as needed.

Students in grades 8 and 9 are continuing with the development of their Individualized Learning Plans (ILPs) through guidance classroom lessons,to enhance their understanding of the skills they will need to be prepared for college and careers in the future.  Students in grades 10-12 are addressing their ILPs through individual meetings with their counselors.

ELA students in the middle school have created digital portfolios of writing work, where they collect, reflect, and curate work across the year to engage in the process of evaluating their personal growth as student writers.  

Students who will be taking MCAS mathematics and/or biology have access to practice tests giving immediate feedback on scores and topics. After completion, students have the opportunity to review topics and complete additional tutorials and assessments using a designated website built for this purpose.

Wellness Department developed an data collection tool to track student growth in the FITNESSGRAM through 4th through 11th grades.

Students enrolled in AP courses in English, Math, and Science at the high school had the opportunity to take a mock exam and received specific feedback on their performance prior to the actual AP exams in May.