2016-2017 Assessment Descriptions
In kindergarten through fifth grade, teachers use Aimsweb assessments as a benchmark assessment in reading to monitor progress and make instructional decisions regarding student performance and/or possible interventions. In sixth through twelfth grade, Aimsweb is used for brief, valid, and reliable assessments of reading, writing, and math performance. These assessments provide teachers with comparative data about student performance.
Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State to State for English Language Learners (ACCESS for ELLs)+
Colorado is a member of the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) Consortium. ACCESS for ELLs is the state required large-scale language proficiency test for K-12 English language learners (ELLs). The purpose of ACCESS for ELLs is to monitor student progress in English language proficiency on an annual basis and to serve as a criterion to aid in determining when ELLs have attained language proficiency comparable to that of their English-proficient peers. This assessment is given to all students identified as English language learners in grades K-12.
Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS): PARCC English Language Arts / Literacy and Mathematics Assessments+
In compliance with legislation, Colorado joined the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) consortia as a governing member in August 2012. PARCC is a multi-state assessment consortium that is developing shared English language arts / literacy (ELA/L) and mathematics assessments. About 10 states participate in the consortium. As a governing member, Colorado is committed to relying on the PARCC assessment system for grades 3-9. Starting in spring 2016, PARCC moved to one administration window (the performance-based test and the end-of-year test will be combined into one window).
Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS): Science and Social Studies Summative Assessments+
The Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS): Science and Social Studies assessments will be administered in the spring. The Social Studies assessments are given on a sampling basis, with each school administering them every three years. RMSEL gave these assessments to fourth and seventh grade students last school year, so we will not be giving them this year. Fifth, eighth, and eleventh grade students will be given the Science assessments.
Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test 2 (NNAT2)*
The Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test 2 (NNAT2) is a brief, non-verbal measure of general intellectual ability as well as a predictor of scholastic achievement. At RMSEL, we assess students in third and sixth grade. The NNAT2 is one of the suggested assessments by the Colorado Department of Education used as part of a body of evidence for the identification of gifted and talented students.
In late December 2015, the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) selected the PSAT as the required college preparatory exam that would be given to all 10th grade students. The PSAT is a preliminary version of the SAT, and tests student skills in reading, writing, and mathematical reasoning.
The Preliminary SAT 8/9 is given by RMSEL to eighth and ninth grade students in early November. It provides a baseline measurement of college and career readiness through testing the same skills and knowledge as the SAT, PSAT 10, and PSAT/NMSQT. These sections are reading, writing, and mathematical reasoning.
The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is given by RMSEL to tenth and eleventh graders in early November. Much like the SAT, the PSAT/NMSQT measures students’ abilities in three areas: reading, writing, and mathematical reasoning. Additionally, eleventh grade students (only) are entered into the National Merit Scholarship Program by taking this test. Taking the PSAT/NMSQT in 2016 is the qualification for entry to the competition for scholarships to be awarded in 2018.
SAT (or ACT) scores are required for admission into colleges and universities in Colorado and in other states. The SAT is a standardized assessment designed to measure students’ abilities in three areas: reading, writing, and mathematical reasoning. There is also an SAT essay section that students will have the option to take with the rest of the exam.
NOTE: This will be the first year that the SAT is being given to 11th grade students. In December of 2015, the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) selected the SAT as the required college entrance exam. It replaced the previously given ACT.
+State Mandated Assessment
*RMSEL (local) Assessment
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School Policy IKA Grading System and Assessments
On Tuesday February 23, 2016, the RMSEL BOCES approved school policy IKA Grading System and Assessments that outlines parameters for standardized assessment at each level of implementation. The process for seeking exemption from state assessments is also outlined in this policy.
Additionally, you can read Chad’s full parent communication about this policy from February 26, 2016, in the “News” section of this website.