Assessment – Priority 2 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: Create dynamic assessments that provide reliable and valid data that informs teaching and learning in order to advance student performance.

STRATEGIC PRIORITY – REvise Common Assessments using data to reflect changes in standards and to provide increasing opportunities for students to show growth through performance based assessment that incorporate elements of universal design for learning principles across all grades and content areas.

Update curriculum maps/Stage two to align with assessment revisions.




A Math Assessment Team for grades K-5 has been meeting monthly.  They are currently in the process of revising district benchmarks and assessments.  They  have successfully revised the mid-year grades 1-5 benchmarks.

There continues to be on-going revision of common assessments at all levels in Global Language.  In addition rubrics that are more closely aligned to proficiency are being piloted.

Common assessments are being re-aligned to curriculum in the secondary performing arts department.

All common assessments are being reviewed and revised (if necessary).  The Humanities department is developing new or revised common assessments and improving PBL opportunities for all learners.