Fort Wayne Community Schools uses a variety of testing tools to determine student progress and improve student learning. These assessments include formative assessments, which take place during the learning process and may not always be graded, and summative assessments, which typically take place at the end of a lesson or unit to determine what the student learned. FWCS is also required to give state and national tests throughout the year. Testing is an important part of the instructional process as they measure student achievement, curriculum strengths and program effectiveness. Teachers use the information from the assessments to identify instructional needs of students as individuals, and administrators use the data to identify areas where staff members need additional support or training.