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MAP and External Assessment 

MAP - Measurement of Academic Progress

This year Calvin Christian School is embarking on a new external assessment tool known as MAP. MAP replaces the CTBS (Canadian Tests of Basic Skills) tests that were previously administered. Whereas CTBS served its purpose in providing information on student ability and program needs, MAP is not a traditional standardized test. MAP will be used as an external assessment tool for students in grades 3-8. Testing will take place in the Fall and again in the Spring. With a second testing session, we will be able to identify the academic growth of our students. 

The Goals of using External Assessment tools in our School

External assessment tools and measurements are used for a variety of purposes. However, CCS has identified 3 main purposes:

1.  Support for individual students academically

2.  Evaluation of the curricular program and gaps in core skills

3.  Measure of school quality for current and incoming parents

In summary, as an external assessment tool, MAP is not the same as a "standardized test." MAP testing is an extension of our philosophy of supporting all learners in their educational experience. 

Helping Others:

Each year, CCS seeks to help those in need. Various activities may include visiting senior homes, helping food banks, sending out shoe boxes, and participating in major fund raisers such as the Terry Fox Marathon, Jump Rope for Heart and Road2Hope. Recently, in October 2014 the CCS students raised over $14,000 for local programs at the Hamilton Halton Alzheimer Society, and in October 2013, the CCS students raised $18,000 for Road2Hope. The money was sent to a school in Zambia, Africa. This school required major re-construction as a result of severe damaged incurred from a wind storm.

 

Extra-Curricular:

In addition to strong academics, Calvin Christian School also has an impressive extra-curricular program with students participating in a range of areas including concert band, chamber choir, bell and recorder choir, primary choir, spelling bees, battle of the books, speech contests, fine arts, science fairs, and athletics (track and field, soccer, cross country, volleyball, hockey, basketball, baseball). Check out the school gym and observe the many pennants adorning the walls.