At the district level, formative and summative assessment of English Language Arts skills happens daily through teacher-designed tests, performance tasks, and observations; and at designated times via district-mandated benchmark assessments and summative exams. At the elementary level, students are given the Benchmark Assessment System (BAS) several times a year, as well as spelling inventories and silent reading assessments. Students in Grades 6-9 take the Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) in September, January, and June. Middle School students take common assessments at the beginning and end of each year to gauge progress and performance in reading and writing. High School students take a common pre-assessment, midterm, and final exam. All students are given the opportunity to take the PSAT and SAT during the school day, and students enrolled in AP courses take that subject-specific exam in May.
The English Language Arts Next-Generation MCAS exams are administered to students in grades 3-8 and Grade 10. It is a graduation requirement to pass the Grade 10 MCAS exam during high school.
For information about the performance of Plymouth students on the ELA NG-MCAS exams, please refer to the Assessment Data provided by the MA DESE: District Profile.
The College Board's Advanced Placement (AP) Program provides unique learning experiences for students designed to help them succeed in college. The courses are rigorous and help students improve their writing skills, sharpen their problem-solving abilities, and develop time management skills, discipline, and study habits.
Students enrolled in AP courses are eligible to receive college credit based on AP exam scores. Plymouth offers AP ELA courses in English Language and Composition and English Literature and Composition. [Source: The College Board]
National Assessment of Education Progress
The National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) assessment presents a broad view of what America's students know and can do in reading and writing. The NAEP Reading Assessment is administered to fourth, eighth, and twelfth-grade students and is designed to measure students' knowledge of The NAEP Writing Assessment is