HSDB is working towards data-driven instruction in all classrooms and subject areas. Research shows that data-based classroom strategies lead to more success in academic performance and assessment scores.

Assessments are usually conducted up to three times a year (fall, winter, spring) to measure student performance throughout the year informing teachers of necessary adjustments, measures, and/or interventions in order to maximize student success inside and outside of the classroom. Assessments include Achieve3000, Measures of Academic Progress Growth (MAP), Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA), Visual Communication and Sign Language Checklist (VCSL), and an in-house created American Sign Language (ASL) assessment.

Achieve3000: Provides daily differentiated instruction for nonfiction reading and writing tailored to each student’s Lexile reading level (

Measures of Academic Progress (MAP): Measures what students know and informs instructors and parents what students are ready to learn next in mathematics, language, and reading. The assessment dynamically adjusts to each student’s response creating a personalized assessment experience that accurately measures performance (

Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA): a formative reading assessment system that allows teachers to assess student reading level and observe, record, and evaluate changes in performance (

Visual Communication and Sign Language Checklist (VCSL): a standardized comprehensive checklist used to assist in tracking young children’s sign language development from birth to age five (

In-house American Sign Language Assessment: an assessment with descriptive data analysis covering from vocabulary, sentence tasks, understanding of the bilingual grammar curriculum benchmarks, academic and social language acquisition benchmarks as well as ASL comprehension (HSDB)

Other assessments are also provided on a yearly basis to keep up with statewide mandates regarding tracking and reporting data, and college admissions. Assessments include American College Testing (ACT), World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA), Group Reading Assessment & Diagnostic Evaluation (GRADE), Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), and Hawaii State Alternate Assessments (HSAP).

The Hawaii State Assessments are used to measure student and school progress in the attainment of the Hawaii content standards in math, English Language Arts, and science. The Smarter Balanced assessments in Math and English Language Arts (ELA), which was first implemented in 2014-15, are aligned to the new Hawaii Common Core Standards.  These state assessments are not normed for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students, so HSDB adds other assessments that are more appropriate for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing students.  These additional assessments will show more progress than the state tests and will aid in our planning for the students’ individualized education plans.