Assessment

Assessment plays several important roles in the York Schools:

      • Assessments provide information on individual student academic growth and evidence toward graduation.
      • Assessment data collected in classrooms, through diagnostic tests and state assessments, inform student placement in learning support, enhancement and acceleration opportunities.
      • Assessment results guide the York School Department in curricular and programmatic review and revision.
      • Student assessment results serve as one measure of accountability to the community of York.

Individual student achievement is documented and communicated through class grades, report cards, student and parent conferences and frequent home-school communication.The York School Department uses PowerSchool, an electronic grade portal. All parents at the middle and high school levels can access student progress information electronically through this portal.

The York School Department supplements classroom-based information with:

Accreditation through the New England Association of Schools and Colleges provides another level of community accountability.

Dyslexia Screening - Maine law requires school administrative units to screen students for dyslexia. In 2016-17 all York students in grades K-2 were screened. The school district annually updates this screening for all kindergarten students, and students new to the district in grades 1 and 2. Data from the STAR, BAS, phonological awareness/phonics assessment, spelling inventory/letter writing, sentence dictation, and rapid naming are used as part of the screening process.