Formative and summative assessments are used throughout the school year to help provide feedback to both teachers and students on progress. The Mt Lebanon School District uses high quality, research based assessments and utilized the data to make instructional and curricular decisions. Formative assessments include the DIBELs (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy) and MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) which are administered throughout the year. Students in grades three through five participate in the PSSA (Pennsylvania System of School Assessment) tests in the spring. To learn more about each of these assessments, please select from the menu.
The Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) exams are administered once per year to students in grades three, four and five in the subjects of English Language Arts and Mathematics. Students in grade four also take a PSSA test in Science. These assessments are aligned to the PA Core Academic standards and help Pennsylvania and the district to meet federal and state requirements. They are designed to serve as one data point to indicate how students, schools and school districts are progressing on those standards to parents, educators, policymakers and other stakeholders.
PSSAs are administered during the spring according to a testing schedule set by the Department of Education. More information about PSSAs can be found at this link to the Pennsylvania Department of Education website:
The following documents are related to the 2016 administration of the PSSAs. For specific information about your child's testing, please contact their teacher or school directly.
Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments are given to students in grades one through five in the fall, winter and spring of each school year. Kindergarteners take MAP assessments twice, in the winter and spring. These assessments are designed to measure a child’s progress or growth in school. These assessments are adaptive, meaning that question difficulty is based upon the results of previous answers.
MAP was developed by the Northwest Education Association (NWEA), a not for profit educational service organization with over 30 years in assessment development and research. More information about MAP can be found at this link:
The Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) is a set of assessments given to students in Kindergarten through Third Grade. DIBELS is designed to measure the indicators of reading skills, which include phonemic awareness, alphabetic principle, accuracy, fluency, and comprehension. It is administered three times per year as a universal screening tool to help identify students who would benefit from additional support in reading. Students who receive reading support will be progress monitored to assess their reading performance in response to the intervention that they are receiving.
DIBELS assessments have been well researched since the early 1990s through current times, and are documented to be highly predictive of and strongly related to children’s reading success. More information about DIBELS can be found at this link:
The AIMSweb Mathematics assessments are used to assess the general mathematics problem solving skills for students in grades 2-5. These tests are used to help identify students who may benefit from extra support in math, as well as to progress monitor those receiving this support. The assessment measures a broad set of domains, including number sense, measurement, operations, patterns and relationships and data.
The AIMSweb tests were developed based upon the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Principles and Standards.