Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) is a global not-for-profit educational services organization
known for the interim assessment, Measures of Academic Progress (MAP). NWEA offers pre-kindergarten through grade 12 assessments that accurately measure student growth and learning needs, professional development that fosters teachers’ ability to monitor and accelerate student learning, and research that supports assessment validity and GSA joins other schools and educations organizations by using NWEA to better inform instruction and maximize every learner’s academic growth.
The STAR reading test is a computer-adaptive reading test that gives teachers a tool to help them quickly and accurately assess reading levels for their students. This year we added STAR Early Literacy, a program designed to give educators the ability to identify preK-3 emerging readers’ command of 41 skill sets in 10 key literacy domains. The STAR assessments are highly rated by the National Center for Response to Intervention and are valid, reliable, and evidence-based for effective use for screening and progress monitoring within an RTI framework.
The Accelerated Reader program is a computerized supplementary reading program that relies on independent reading practice as a way of managing student performance. Students and teachers receive feedback from quizzes based on books the students read and the level of performance of the student as indicated by the quiz results. Studies have shown that Accelerated Reader has a positive impact on comprehension and general reading achievement for students.
Students excelling in mathematics in grades 3 through 5 have been invited to participate in Advanced Mathematics studies with Mr. Turan. During the Advanced Mathematics sessions, students have the opportunity to explore advanced mathematics problems and participate in long term projects to promote higher levels of understanding of math concepts. These challenging activities serve to strengthen, reinforce, and build new skills among our outstanding mathematicians.
Concept Young Scholars Program
At Gateway Science Academy we have introduced a new mentoring program called “Concept Young Scholars Program.” Fifth grade students participating in the program will work at a bronze, silver, or gold level and will focus on four key areas: personal development, public service, physical fitness, and exploration. This program prepares our students for the rigor and challenge of high school and college and sets them up for success! Mrs. Biggs is coordinating the CYSP for our GSA 5th grade students and we look forward to seeing the progress these students make in this new and challenging program!
VEX IQ Challenge Robotics Program
Hands-on, minds on! VEX IQ is a programmable, snap-together, robotics system. Watch code come alive on a physical robot and learn key STEM skills that easily transition into the real world. In the VEX IQ Challenge teams of students are tasked with designing and building a robot to play with other teams in a game-based engineering challenge. Classroom STEM concepts are put to the test as students learn lifelong skills in teamwork, leadership, communications, and more. Tournaments are held year-round at the regional, state, and national levels and culminate at the VEX Robotics World Championship each April! VEX IQ enables and facilitates project-based learning and problem-based learning, hands-on learning (learning by making things), collaborative learning, authentic learning and assessment, and constructivist learning. Gateway Science Academy offers VEX IQ Robotics for students in 4th and 5th grades.
We are pleased to have increased access to technology. In addition to classroom interactive whiteboards, our students also have ongoing access to two computer labs, iPADS, and most recently, Chromebooks. These technological resources support classroom activities and student learning by providing alternative ways for students to interact with textbooks, learning activities, assessments, writing activities, and research. Typical programs students access with these technological resources include IXL, Accelerated Reader, STAR reading assessment, NWEA, Writing A-Z, Journeys textbook, and the My Math textbook.