•  Assessment

      Assessments are the starting point of the teaching and learning process.


    While standards set the bar for what students are expected to know and be able to do, our assessments tell us where students fall on the learning continuum and the progress they've made in meeting these expectations.  Beyond the data that teachers gather on a daily basis through their "in-the-moment" work with students, the district utilizes a number of other tools to provide information used to measure and analyze student performance.


    STAR Assessment

    The STAR assessment is a curriculum-based tool that provides timely, actionable data about student learning in approximately 30 minutes. Three times a year, students in grades K-8 take an on-line test that targets a wide-range of reading and math skills. Parent reports are sent home with report cards. 


    Students who receive Academic Intervention Services (AIS) take the STAR assessment more frequently to closely monitor the effects of this additional support on classroom performance.  Teachers may use this assessment at any time to get a quick snapshot of ongoing progress in all areas.


    Standardized Assessment

    NYS requires that all students in grades 3-8 take annual assessments in English Language, Arts and Math. Students in grades 4 & 8 also take a NYS Science Assessment. The data that is provided by these assessments helps teachers to:

    • Monitor and evaluate the instructional program
    • Identify individual, class, and cohort strengths and weaknesses.
    • Measure thr performance of Medina students in comparison to other students in NY State.
    • Provide support and additional resources/services to individual students.


    Students in grades 8 (if accelerated)-12 take NYS Regents Examinations as required for graduation. For more information regarding Regents and Advanced Placement exams, please see the HS Academic section here.

    For students with disabilities who complete NYS Alternate Assessment as per their Individualized Education Plan, see the office of Special Programs site here.