Testing

VAIS has been offering Chinese immersion as an educational choice within the Verona Area School District (VASD) since

2010. Like other VASD students, our students take part in required assessments. Last year's 3rd-5th grade students

participated in Wisconsin’s Forward Exam. The below charts show that VAIS students out-perform all other elementary

school students in the district in English as well as Science and Social Studies, even while learning content in Chinese!

Additionally, our students scored the second highest in math of all elementary schools.

VAIS utilizes an assessment called STAR 360 to monitor students' growth in reading, math and literacy skills. As a student responds to questions, the test adjusts up or down in difficulty. Teachers get real-time data to determine students who may need intervention and students who could be challenged academically. STAR scores are shared with each student's parent(s) and are used to

set academic targets for growth.

Once a year VAIS also assesses 2nd-5th grade students’ Chinese skills through the Avant STAMP (Standards-based

Measurement of Proficiency), a nationally recognized language assessment. STAMP assesses students’ Chinese

listening/speaking, writing and reading skills. Scores establish baseline levels at the beginning of the year and provide

evidence of a learner’s growth along the proficiency continuum at year end. STAMP scores also measure whether

learners are reaching designated benchmarks and can be used to evaluate the alignment of learning targets with learner

performance.

Awards

 

2023 Niche Top Ten Elementary School in Madison Area
VAIS was the only Verona school placed in Madison area's Top 10 Elementary Schools.

 

2017 Donna Clementi Blue Ribbon Award

This award for Excellence in World Language Programs is granted by the Wisconsin Association for Language Teachers.

Student Awards

In 2021, a VAIS graduate won first place among non-heritage advanced speakers at the WACLT Mandarin Chinese Speaking Competition.

 

In 2020, two students won the Excellence in Chinese Learning Award also granted by the Wisconsin Association of Chinese Language Teachers.

 

In 2019, a student won the Excellence in Language Study Award from the WAFLT.

In addition, several students have gone on to pass AP Mandarin tests, and graduates have the opportunity to receive certificates of biliteracy at graduation.

 

Teacher Awards

Huang Laoshi, teacher for the kindergarten and first grade classes, has received recognition as a World Language Teacher.

Ms. Reiter, teacher for 4-5 grades, is trained in oral proficiency in Chinese testing and is distinguished language educator.