ISA is based on internationally endorsed reading and mathematical literacy frameworks and the results provide descriptive information about what students know and can do. Each test will take between 45-60 minutes to administer and includes both multiple-choice and open-ended tasks. The results will be equated from year to year so they can be used to track changes over time at the individual and school level.
How will Pinewood use the results?
At the teacher and school levels, we will analyze data to determine general patterns of performance and use these as one of the many ways in which we review and improve our educational program. Importantly, the results provide data to our parents and us about our students’ learning.
What information will I receive as a parent?
In the Spring, we will send home information about your child in the form of an individual report provided by ISA. It will give you a detailed record of your child’s performance in relation to scales that describe increasingly advanced skills in mathematical literacy, reading literacy and writing.
At Pinewood, we view the ISA as another important assessment for providing parents with clear information about their child’s progress against credible, objective international standards. If you have any questions about the tests, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or Dr. Giampapa at your convenience.