Focused Instruction Benchmark Assessments in CFS
About the Benchmark and Interim Assessments

Effective SY2015-16, MPS will be using a new data and assessment platform called Illuminate for Focused Instruction interim and benchmark assessments in literacy, math, and science for grades 3-12.  This will help MPS quantitatively capture student learning that will help drive instructional planning and practice.  The primary purpose of these assessments is to drive instructional decision-making at the site level.  Sharing this information at the district level will help us continue to improve the quality of the assessments and allow us to better target professional development to district-wide needs. Additionally, we want to reiterate that interim and benchmark assessments are not tied to teacher evaluation in any way. 

ONLY responses to multiple choice benchmark assessment questions for literacy, math, and science for grades 3-12 are required to be recorded online on Illuminate.  Other content areas may, but are not required, to record their assessment results in Illuminate.   

Please note that the assessment tab will be deactivated on CFS due to the use of Illuminate for district assessments.  More information to come by September 11, 2015.