Jennifer Clairmont

Rethinking Middle of Year Testing: is December a better time for MOY?

Discussion created by Jennifer Clairmont on Feb 22, 2020
Latest reply on Mar 25, 2020 by Jennifer Clairmont
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Does anyone test in August, December, and April rather than typical months of September, January, and May?


I've recently started rethinking our beginning of year, middle of year, and end of year testing. 


Do we always test in September, January, and April-May for a really good reason or are we doing this because we've always done it this way?


September is a little obvious.  But we are looking at possibly moving our BOY window to open the last week of August with only 2 weeks of instruction rather than waiting until September and even into October sometimes. 


There are  lots of considerations:

  • purpose of Growth (universal screening, state required screening for Dyslexia and reading readiness, planning instruction, grouping students, etc.)
  • use of data and results(instruction, parent updates, possible referrals for specialized services)
  • timing of data and information needed for follow-ups (goal updates, lesson planning, sometimes just the way the yearly school calendar falls)
  • student engagement and routine (especially thinking about between December vs January)


Does anyone have any feedback or lessons learned?