Assessment » Assessment


Kaleidoscope Charter School is committed to being accountable for the academic growth of our students. To measure our progress towards this, the district maintains a comprehensive assessment program for all students.

There are two types of assessments that are utilized at Kaleidoscope Charter School:

  • Formative assessments happen during the learning process. They are used to determine whether students have learned what was taught and help teachers plan their upcoming lessons to meet the needs of each of their individual students. At Kaleidoscope Charter School, formative assessments happen at least once every two weeks in all math and reading classes. The formative assessments utilized in our courses are designed by our teachers to determine if our students have learned what we expect them to. Many of them are as short as 3 tasks or questions.

  • Summative assessments occur at the completion of the learning process or course. They are used to determine achievement of a completed unit, course or grade level. Many summative assessments are also used for mandatory academic reporting. Classroom chapter or unit tests, the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA), NWEA and DIBELS are all examples of summative assessments.