We use multiple assessments to review student progress. These assessments are used to diagnose learning gaps, provide a "snapshot" of student learning, and provide staff with information needed in order to improve instruction or recommend support services.

Formal and informal methods of assessment are utilized across our district. We strive to maintain a balance for students and staff while still complying with various legislation.

If you have questions about any of the assessments, please contact Amy Heinsma, Director of Instruction, at 970-686-8028.

Assessment Calendar

CMAS (Colorado Measures of Academic Success)

What's Tested? English Language Arts and Math

Grades: 3 - 8; All Students

Estimated Time: 8 - 10 hours depending on grade

When Given: April

Purpose: Federal and State Requirement

How Are Results Used? District and School Accountability, considered with other information to determine student needs

CMAS (Colorado Measures of Academic Success)

What's Tested? Science

Grades: 5, 8, 11

Estimated Time: 3 hours

When Given: April

Purpose: Federal and State Requirement

How Are Results Used? District and School Accountability, Program evaluation

CMAS (Colorado Measures of Academic Success)

What's Tested? Social Studies

Grades: 4, 7, 11 (1/3 of schools in the state are sampled each year)

Estimated Time: 3 hours

When Given: April

Purpose: State Requirement

How Are Results Used? District and School Accountability, Program evaluation

STAR 360

What's Tested? Reading and Math

Grades: K - 9

Estimated Time: 3 hours

When Given: August, January, April / May

Purpose: Board of Education Policy IKA

How Are Results Used? Early warning system for students to diagnose progress and issues

ACCESS

What's Tested? English Language Proficiency for students who are English Language Learners

Grades: All

Estimated Time: 3 hours

When Given: January 10 - February 11

Purpose: Federal and State Requirement

How Are Results Used? Determine needs of students who are English Language Learners

*Students may also take a screening assessment to determine English Language Services called the WAPT or WIDA Screener. Screeners take between 15 minutes to an hour.

CoAlt / DLM

What's Tested? Alternative test for students with severe needs

Grades: 3 - 11

Estimated Time: 1 - 1.5 hours

When Given: April

Purpose: Federal and State Requirement

How Are Results Used? Determination of student proficiency on alternate standards

SAT

What's Tested? College readiness assessment

Grades: 11

Estimated Time: 3 - 4 hours

When Given: April

Purpose: Federal and State

How Are Results Used? College readiness

PSAT

What's Tested? Reading, Writing, Math

Grades: 9 - 10

Estimated Time: 3 hours

When Given: April

Purpose: State Requirement

How Are Results Used? Prediction of SAT

Cog (Cognitive Abilities Test)

What's Tested? Assess student abilities in reasoning and problem solving using verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal (spatial) symbols

Grades: 2

Estimated Time: 2 hours in 3 sessions

When Given: January - April

Purpose: Board of Education Policy IKA

How Are Results Used? District screening as part of identification of gifted and talented students

Teaching GOLD

What's Tested? Authentic, ongoing observational assessment that addresses the whole child

Grades: PK - K

Estimated Time: Ongoing during the year for preschool, August - October for kindergarten

When Given: January - April

Purpose: State Requirement

How Are Results Used? Feedback for parents and teachers on whole-child development

NNAT2 (Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test)

What's Tested? General ability using picture puzzles

Grades: New students and gifted education referrals in 6th grade

Estimated Time: 30 minutes

When Given: September / October or when new students enter

Purpose: Board of Education Policy IKA

How Are Results Used? District screening as part of identification of gifted and talented students

NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress)

What's Tested? Math, Reading, Writing, Civics, Geography, and U.S. History depending on group and grade selected

Grades: Representative sample in sampled school(s) selected each year by the Colorado Department of Education

Estimated Time: 1.5 - 2 hours

When Given: TBD

Purpose: Federal Requirement

How Are Results Used? To determine general performance over time of nation’s students (also known as Nation’s Report Card)