The Westwood Regional School District recognizes the value of using assessment to drive instruction. Assessments provide students with opportunities to practice skills and demonstrate understanding of content, and provide teachers with valuable information regarding student progress that can be used to raise student achievement. Some assessments are formal, such as tests, quizzes, projects, and standardized assessments, while some are informal, such as class participation, discussion, and student surveys. Moreover, there is an important distinction between formative assessments, which enable teachers to closely monitor student progress, and summative assessments, which enable students to demonstrate their learning of a particular subject matter.
With regard to standardized assessments, the Westwood Regional School District has seen significant improvements over the last several years. Highlights include the following:
Despite these successes, it is important that as a community, we view student achievement through multiple measures. To that end, at the end of the 2011-2012 school-year, parents of students in grades K-5 were given Alternate Assessment Portfolios, which included writing samples, individual reading levels,Terranova reading results, and Test of Cognitive Skills results. At the Middle School and Jr./Sr. High School, a continued emphasis has been placed on developing authentic "alternate" assessments," which give students opportunities to show their learning in a more authentic "real-world" way then one would see on a traditional standardized assessment.
On this page you can access past district assessment reports. These will provide information about the district's performance on both state and national assessments like the NJASK, HSPA, SAT, and AP exams, along with information regarding other assessments used in the district.