For Tier 2, the assessment purpose is to provide both school and individual student data. Tier 2 assessments are typically district developed or assessments designed to give specific data about individual students as well as general classroom data. These assessments are required of all students and are aligned to the curriculum standards that are being taught. Some examples of Tier 2 assessments include the District Writing Assessment, Guided Reading Levels, Everyday Math Semester Assessments, NWEA MAP Assessment, Bullying Survey, and periodic content specific assessments. These assessments are given to provide feedback to the teachers, students, and building level staff about the impact the curriculum and instruction is having on student learning. Teachers use this information to make adjustments to their instruction to meet the individual needs of the students.
For Tier 3, the assessment purpose is to provide individual student data to the teacher. These assessments are classroom-based and tied directly to what was being taught in the classroom. This is the most frequent form of assessment for students. Examples of Tier 3 assessments include unit tests, student projects, observation checklists, anecdotal notes, rubric scores, student portfolios, and Everyday Math unit assessments. Teachers use this information to determine what students are learning and what instruction needs to be done to help all students achieve success.