Information for Teachers and Administrators
Assessment systems are changing just as quickly as assessments themselves. Please review each assessment to see if there are changes in any tests you will be administering this year.
To view the dates for all assessments, check out the assessment calendars available on the district website under For Staff and Assessments.
Acuity will continue to be the benchmark assessment system for Math and ELA in grades 3 -6. Grades 7-10 will use Aspire to benchmark student progress during the 2014-2015 school year. For more details regarding benchmark assessments in grades 7-10, see the Aspire section below.
Acuity has updated their assessments to align to the CCSS standards so the printed materials that you have used in the past will no longer be relevant. Learning Services is in the middle of printing CR items and answer keys for all 3-6 teachers as well as a few printed copies of the tests to be used with students who might need accommodations.
Acuity has also updated their user interface allowing for easier access to reports and student data. You can expect screen shots of how to access teacher and student logins and scoring procedures in the next issue of ACT Now.
All students in grades K-6 will take the Aimsweb fluency benchmarks during the 2014 - 2015 school year. Additionally, all students will have an account, which will give them access to the progress monitoring probes and aimline charts helping teachers determine if prescribed interventions are working. Any student who qualifies for a READ Plan must be monitored using the Aimsweb system, and any student who is not reading at grade level can also access the assessment probes. To view the assessment cut scores for SRD and proficiency qualifications, check out the district website: For Staff, Learning Plans, Read Act Assessment Requirements.
Aimsweb has migrated to a new user interface, which provides the same great data as before but has an updated navigation system. Click here to see the key differences between the previous and new aimsweb. All K-6 teachers can expect to be trained using Aimsweb on August 22 and administer the first Aimsweb benchmark during scheduled assessment days.
Learn more about Aimsweb here
Aspire is the new Benchmark assessment system that was collaboratively chosen by district and school leaders for grades 7-10. Benchmark assessments are aligned to ACT and provided for the following content areas:
The Aspire Benchmark windows will run concurrently with the Acuity Assessments in order to help teachers guide instruction to meet end of year standards that will be assessed on PARCC and CMAS.
Teachers can expect to receive webinar tutorials for administering these online assessments in the coming weeks.
Quarterly Writing Prompts
Quarterly writing prompts will be scored using a new online scoring system (called Schoolwide) that is aligned to the CCSS writing standards. The district has provided a first quarter writing prompt, but all other prompts will be teacher created, aligned to units of instruction, and in response to grade level text, providing students with an authentic writing experience.
Elementary principals have set aside early release time during the school year to support teachers with the new scoring system and to build inter-rater reliability between like grade level teachers.
To see the quarter one writing prompts and to login to Schoolwide visit the district website: For Teachers, Assessments, Assessment Resources.
The writing prompts for grades 7-12 will also be aligned to ACT. The district will use the ACT 6 point writing rubric for grades 9-12 and a scaffolded ACT 6 point writing rubric produced by Aspire for grades 7-8. You can view the prompts, exemplars, and rubrics on the district website: For Teachers, Assessments, Assessment Resources.
CMAS for 12th Graders
This fall all 12th grade students will participate in the new Colorado Science and Social Studies assessment called CMAS. Teachers can expect to have a formal training prior to the opening of the online assessment window in Early November. To learn more about CMAS, click here: http://www.cde.state.co.us/assessment/newassess-sum