Research supports that in an effective curriculum, a variety of assessments and evidence provides information that is employed to plan and implement each child's program. In addition, assessment is used to identify strengths that can be used to enhance performance and self-esteem. Formal assessments are reviewed prior to admission to The Bridge Academy. However, when a child enters our school, we also administer formal assessments in reading, writing, and mathematics to establish a baseline for monitoring progress and to judge the effectiveness of our services. These same assessments are administered at the end of the school year and shared, as part of the IEP process, with parents, students, and case managers. Classroom level assessments support our diagnostic teaching, which is utilized as part of our instructional practice to provide corrective action. Informal assessments in all areas include classroom observations, teacher created tests, portfolios, projects, as well as oral presentations. Students are provided with a variety of opportunities to express their mastery of the material in all subject areas. In addition, students are included in monitoring their own progress. This enhances their insight of their own learning habits, fosters development of personal learning strategies, and alleviates anxiety; or pessimism. Our curricula incorporate a variety of assessments used by both teachers and students to individualize instruction.
The Bridge Academy is an approved testing site for all New Jersey assessments. School staff will work collaboratively with LEA's so students can participate in statewide testing as delineated by their IEP and in accordance with New Jersey Department of Education code.