CMIS offers two semesters in one academic school year. At the primary school level there are 2 reporting periods when report cards are sent home to families. At the MIddle/High School level grades are finalized after the close of each semester. We encourage students and parents to check their grade progress regularly through Powerschool.
Teachers use varying assessments to guide students' learning and determine proficiency in a standard. Assessments for learning (Formative) are used to help guide students learning as they practice and work towards mastery of a standard. Assessments of learning (Summative) are used to determine the level of proficiency of a standard.
CMIS Assessment Policy
We believe that grades are a symbol of learning and are used to communicate to students and parents the degree of learning that a student has demonstrated.
- Understand the difference between assessment and reporting/grading
- Assess the standard only
- Allow students to retake summative assessments, when appropriate
- Provide students with a variety of assessment types
- Provide a balance of assessment types
- Differentiate their assessment products when possible
- Provide a space for students to productively “fail” and take risks that do not affect their grade
Teachers use External Assessment results, along with the results of other assessments, in conjunction with in class assessments to determine whether students are achieving on, above, or below grade level. Students use these tests to track their learning and make learning goals. CMIS administers external assessments including: Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT), the Advanced Placement (AP) College Board exams, and Grades K-5 use the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) testing to assess reading comprehension. The Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) is administered twice a year (Fall and Spring) to students in Grade 2-9.