VAIS carefully measures students' academic progress. It is the only elementary school in the district that administers Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) testing to all grades K-5 three times a year- Fall, Winter and Spring. The purpose of MAP testing is to measure student's understanding of academic concepts throughout the school year. This way teachers get "real time" data to determine students that may need targeted interventions or more challenging material.
Like other VASD students, our students take part in required assessments. Last year's 3rd-5th grade students participated in Wisconsin’s Forward Exam. Test results demonstrate VAIS students excel in Math, English Language Arts, Science and Social Studies. See below for details on Forward Exam results for each subject area.
One of the concerns of any language immersion program is whether or not students will continue to thrive in their native language, which is English for the majority of our students. VAIS test results show that our students significantly out-perform their non-immersion peers in English reading even though half of their school day is spent learning in another language. Because of careful planning and thematic units, our students get all of their English literacy skills while learning half their subjects in Chinese.
Our school's math tests are even more remarkable. VAIS test results demonstrate that, as a whole, our students achieve the second highest results in the District. They significantly out-perform all but one non-immersion elementary peer in the district in math test scores.
Science and Social Studies
Because we are a charter school, we can focus more time on Science and Social Studies than other elementary schools in the District. VAIS test results show that our students significantly out-perform their non-immersion peers in Science and Social Studies while learning these subjects in Chinese.