At KIPP San Antonio we use a variety of methods for measuring student learning and growth. Throughout the school year KIPP students complete assessments designed to help us know how they are doing and how we can best help them expand their learning. Both formal and informal assessments are used to inform instruction and ensure student needs are addressed. Families receive results of these assessments throughout the year and are encouraged to discuss assessment results with students and in conferences with teachers.
Ninth grade students take the MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) assessments in Reading, Math and Language in order to help assess their growth and progress as they transition from middle school to high school. Through ACT preparation exams, such as EXPLORE and PLAN, UPrep students have the opportunity to experience ACT –style assessments that to gauge their progress toward college readiness and to help them be as prepared as possible for the ACT exam which impacts their college choices and scholarship opportunities.
As do all students in public schools in the State of Texas, UPrep students complete state assessments known as STAAR EOCs (End of Course Exams) in order to be eligible for graduation. These include: English I, English II, Algebra, Biology, and United States History. Throughout the year, instruction is focused on preparing students for success on their exams and in college. Students can earn advanced levels of distinction for themselves and the school through high levels of performance on the exams. The Texas Education Agency has additional resources and information concerning STAAR EOCs at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/parents/.
MAP (Measures of Academic Progress)
MAP, or Measures of Academic Progress, is used by KIPP San Antonio schools in grades 1 through 9 to measure student growth in Math, Language, Reading, and Science. KIPP students complete MAP assessments three times each year to determine how they are progressing in each subject area throughout the school year and from one year to the next. Results of MAP assessments taken in the spring of each year are used to set individualized growth targets for the next academic year to ensure that students are continually progressing in each subject area and achieving the growth they need to be ready for college. Because we are committed to helping all KIPP students to and through college, we use the ACT-aligned MAP assessment to help our students expand their college choices and scholarship opportunities. Students receive individualized MAP results related to their growth goals after every test administration and families are encouraged to support students in their work toward achieving their college ready goals.
Our Graduate Profile provides a global picture of the expectations for graduates from KIPP San Antonio. The Graduate Profile represents our vision of the skills, knowledge and attributes we believe are necessary for our students to achieve success after graduation – in college and throughout their lives as successful contributors to their communities and families. It serves as a commitment to all KIPP students and alumni, from kindergartners to high school graduates, that we are dedicated to developing the knowledge, habits and characteristics that will best help them fulfill their goal of successfully completing college and commanding their future.