To meet the needs of its diverse student population, DoDEA students must be provided with equitable learning experiences. This will allow all students to flourish and reach their highest academic and developmental potential.

The first step in this process is leveraging appropriate student data to better understand what standards they have mastered and where they might need additional support. Under this Strategic Initiative, DoDEA will monitor summative and formative assessment data through the DoDEA Comprehensive Assessment System (DoDEA CAS) to further advance student learning.

Formative assessments are a process that provides information about student learning, minute-by-minute, day-to-day, and week-to-week so teachers continuously adapt instruction to meet students’ specific needs and secure progress.

Formative assessments can take a variety of forms, from more formal quizzes and assignments to informal questioning techniques to check for understanding and to make changes in instruction to meet the needs of all learners. Performance-based assessment (PBA) is a type of classroom assessment tool teachers use to determine deeper levels of student understanding that cannot be obtained through other assessment methods such as multiple choice and short- and even extended-response items. Assessments can take different formats to include digital formats, project-based tasks, rubrics, and more.

DoDEA has adopted FitnessGram by The Cooper Institute as the Physical Education Summative Assessment.  Physical education teachers are asked to conduct fitness assessments for all K-12 students at the beginning of the PE term (Quarter-Semester-Year) and enter the data into DoDEA FitnessGram 10® software.

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