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Scantron Supports Assessments For Use In Teacher And Principal Evaluations In New York State

The New York State Department of Education provides a list of approved assessments that districts can use in their annual professional performance reviews (APPRs) for teachers and principals. Part of NYSDOE’s APPRs are based on student performance on assessments that reliably measure student growth over time.

Learn more about New York State’s Approved Assessments for Teacher and Principal Evaluations. See Scantron’s Summary here.

Scantron’s Performance Series is identified as an approved assessment in ELA, mathematics, and science to support teacher and principal evaluations, specifically reflecting an emphasis on student learning objectives with a target setting model.

Performance Series is a research-based, criterion-referenced computer-adaptive test that lets K–12 educators quickly pinpoint the instructional level of students across a range of subjects (including but not limited to Reading and Math), capture immediate results, and produce standards-based reports including suggested learning objectives, on a scaled score. In addition, subsequent administrations of the test at specified testing intervals demonstrate growth in an subject and against standards.

Performance Series enables educators to identify the proficiency levels of students corresponding to state-specific standards, measure growth, understand student performance in relation to others, inform instruction, help with placement, and provide direct links to several teaching and learning resources such as Lexile, Edgenuity, Classworks, and others.

Learn more about what Performance Series offers New York State educators.

In addition, the New York City Department of Education provides Performance Series free of charge to its districts and school.

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Performance Series and Achievement Series’ analysis tools and reports enable teachers to use their assessment results to effectively drive instruction.

Steve Robinson Vice–Principal Liberty High School (Literacy First Charter School)

Scantron delivered not only a superior product but also a superior system of delivery, support, flexibility, and technical assistance.

Sherrill Parris Deputy State Superintendent Alabama State Department of Education

Scantron has provided the tools needed to validate student learning and support teacher decisions to move students to the next Performance Level when they are ready.

Dr. Oliver Grenham Chief Education Officer Adams County School District 50

Performance Series questions went beyond grade-level standards. This…opened the curiosity door and allowed [students] to search the depths of their knowledge.

Meighan Lewis Teacher Munford High School

We have used the Performance Series assessment for ten years at Valley Oak and we find it a very useful tool for identifying specific standards that have not yet been mastered.

Laura Fulmer Director Valley Oak Charter

It helps teachers dramatically focus their efforts…the instruction the next day can be based on [reports from yesterday’s test]…

Jason Anderson Executive Director of Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment and Innovation Frederick County Public Schools, MD

These benchmarks provide a collective pulse for students that categorize where they are and where they should be in the Spring to show they’re having growth and success in the school year

Dr. Janet Womack District Superintendent Florence City Schools AL

“When students see success, it eliminates many negative performance issues. Personalized learning based on their assessment results meets them where they are and gets them where they should be so they can see that success.”

Dr. Cederick Ellis Superintendent McComb Schools District (MS)

[This] is an excellent tool for our school! It helps us make data-driven decisions, which benefit all learners, regardless of performance level.

Amanda Davis Curriculum Coach Fort Payne Middle School

“I love the way Scantron Performance Series establishes a learning path that can be easily tracked throughout the school year by measuring academic gains, not a ‘one and done’ test score.”

Faye Sheppard Principal Robertsdale Elementary School, AL