At Community Roots Academy, assessments are integral instruments for analyzing student performance, driving instruction and assessing CRA’s progress toward its educational and institutional goals. CRA will implement a balanced assessment system utilizing a combination of formative and summative evaluations that will inform instructional practices as well as measure student performance.

CRA’s balanced assessment system includes assessments that measure individual student and overall school performances. Student assessment is on-going and uses multiple measures. For this document, the assessment tools are organized by frequency within three timeframes: immediate, short-term and cumulative. This continuous cycle of assessment ensures that gaps in student learning will be recognized and addressed in a timely way and also measures students’ retention of knowledge and skills over time. The combination of each of these types of assessments creates a map of each student’s growth and development at CRA.