Student Outcomes

Standardized Tests

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CDS students take Standardized Achievement Tests several times per year. We use the Measures of Academic Progress created by Northwest Evaluation Association. Our students score competitively on these measures with similar peers on the North Shore. But our emphasis is not on test taking. To measure non-cognitive skills, we use the cutting edge Mission Skills Assessment. Learn more below.

The Measure of Academic Progress Test

MAP Test Score Comparison Graphs (School Year: 2014-2015)

2014-2015 – CDS RIT Scores Compared with National NWEA Norm and 2013-2014 Scores from a Local Public School District

2014-2015 – CDS RIT Scores Compared with National NWEA Norm and 2013-2014 Scores from a Local Public School District

Note: Size of CDS classes should be noted when considering average scores.

Download the full PDF report here.

Fall 2014 Test Scores Summary

Our MAP testing results indicate that our students score competitively in Math and Reading. Our Math scores for Fall 2014 show that 55% of CDS students score in the top 10% nationally and our reading scores show that 58% of CDS students score in the top 20%. Our academic programs in elementary and middle school prepare students for success in testing without giving in to the constant assessment craze plaguing American education.

The Measure of Academic Progress test (MAP test), the same one used by the local school district (30), is dynamic, flexible, and helps CDS teachers get ongoing feedback on each student’s learning. It is a computer-adaptive test, supplying harder or easier questions based on the test’s measure of each student’s skill level (as each students scores correctly or incorrectly on questions).

Though the MAP test is the same used by the local school district (district 30), CDS uses the test results in a more effective way than conventional education allows. Individual results from the MAP tests allow teachers to adjust their teaching for the 4th through 8th graders who take it. They use it to tailor their teaching to each individual student in a way that other programs don’t have the luxury to do. The test is administered three times per year; so CDS teachers can monitor the progress of each student in areas needing more attention and track how each student grows academically throughout the course of the year. (This content is also here.)

MAP Test Score Comparison Graphs (School Year: 2015-2016)

2015-2016 – CDS RIT Scores Compared with NWEA National Norms for Reading

2015-2016 – CDS RIT Scores Compared with NWEA National Norms for Math

MAP Test Score Comparison Graphs (School Year: 2016-2017)

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Research and Resources

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