Individual Reassessment of Commitment (IROC)
Developed by Fusion Academy and implemented across all our schools, the IROCs are an elaborate system of goal-setting and continual assessment. They act as customized educational and emotional programs, and are planned for each student individually.
Four times per year, Fusion Academy holds IROC Week. During this week, each student’s teachers will prepare a progress report while the student completes a self-evaluation. The teachers will then meet to discuss the progress of the student and assess the mastery of goals. Some students may need to continue to work toward their goals, which will then remain the same for the next quarter. Other students may have achieved mastery level and so be ready to set new goals, which will be assigned at this time.
Following the IROC meetings, students meet with their Lead Teacher to hear what was discussed at the meeting and learn of their new or renewed goals.
In the time between quarterly IROCs, progress reports are completed every three weeks. This allows for continual monitoring of goals for both students and parents.
About NWEA MAP testing
Fusion Academy utilizes a proven methodology that assesses not only
student proficiency, but also growth from test to test. In this way, we
are better able to customize each student's education to his or her
needs, and continually check that mastery learning is occurring.
Our tool is the highly effective Measures of Academic Progress
(MAP)—a web-based, adaptive assessment tool that
provides a true and accurate measure of your child’s academic growth.
This test is one of the many unique alternatives to
standardized skills assessments offered by the Northwest Evaluation Association
(NWEA). A non-profit organization with 32 years of
research-based assessments, NWEA's testing tools are now used in over
Unlike traditional skills assessments, MAP testing is untimed,
individualized, measures knowledge across grade level, and is
consistent from assessment-to-assessment, year-to-year. The online test
presents questions, immediately analyzes your child’s response, and
selects a follow-up question of appropriate difficulty. If your child
answers correctly, the questions become more challenging. If he or she
answers incorrectly, they become simpler. This adaptive progression
continues throughout the assessment, providing a true picture of the
skills and concepts your child has mastered and those not yet learned—independent of grade level, age, or current classroom performance. And
because the test is untimed, your child can move at his or her own
pace, diminishing the feelings of anxiety and frustration that can be
caused by traditional standardized testing.
NWEA MAP testing results
The result of the MAP assessment is an itemized score in each subject
area. These scores are measured against the RIT scale (for Rausch
unit), a fixed learning scale that uses individual item difficulty
values to estimate student achievement. RIT is aligned to state
benchmarks and divided into equal parts, or intervals, that represent
knowledge in an ascending level of difficulty. In movements similar to
centimeters on a ruler, the RIT “measurements” indicate where your
child lives on the scale in relation to other children in the class,
grade, state, and nation.
By analyzing these RIT measurements, we can chart your child’s academic
growth in each subject area from quarter-to-quarter and year-to-year.
This allows us to offer highly individualized instruction plans based
on current achievement levels in each academic area, thus helping your
child build upon strengths while addressing areas that are weaker in
relation to state curriculum standards and measurable growth
All of this creates an experience unmatched by any school in the country. And best of all, it works.
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