From screening students for participation in district programming to monitoring student progress towards college and career preparedness and success, assessments in the Cherry Creek School District serve various purposes. General information on individual assessments are provided below:
CCSD Assessment System
The CCSD Assessment System incorporates three vertically aligned assessments - the ACT Aspire Summative, the Pre-Act, and the District ACT. This system will act as the District's internal summative assessment system and serve three purposes:
Create stability for measuring student, school, and district performance that is independent from changes to the state assessment system
Maintain the District's long-standing recognition of the ACT assessment as the primary measure of College and Career Preparedness and Success
Extend the measure of College and Career Preparedness and Success into elementary and early middle school grade levels
ACT Aspire Summative (Grades 4-9)
The ACT Aspire Summative is an online assessment designed to measure students' progress toward College and Career Preparedness and Success over the course of time. The ACT Aspire test battery produces scores that describe students' projected growth in English, reading, mathematics and science.
For the 2017-18 school year, the assessment will be administered between November and early December to students in grades 4 - 8. Students in grade 9 will test on October 17th.
Some features of the test include:
Results are reported on a 3-digit scaled score
An ACT Readiness benchmark that can be used to determine if students are on track for readiness at the appropriate grade level and content area (see right)
A Composite score for students in grades 8-9 who receive scores in English, math, reading and science assessments
Schools will also have the option to administer the ACT Aspire Interim assessment at different time throughout the school year.
Pre-ACT (Grade 10)
The Pre-ACT is a paper/pencil assessment for 10th grade students that predicts performance on the 11th grade ACT. The assessment will be administered on October 17th.
Some features of the test include:
- Test questions are similar to ACT
- Provides information about College and Career Preparedness and Success
- Targeted feedback and ability to see questions after test is complete
- Interest inventory is taken as part of the test (see right) to help determine possible good fits of college majors and career choices
District ACT (Grade 11)
The District ACT, like the Colorado ACT, is a college-reportable test that juniors can take at their school. It is a paper/pencil test and will be administered on February 27th 2018.
Some key information about the assessment:
- Subjects assessed will be English, reading, math and science
- A Composite score is provided for all students who receive scores in English, math, reading and science
- Scores and percentile rank will be available for each subject completed
- Interest inventory choices are combined with ACT scores to provide potential matches for college and career planning
The Colorado Measures of Academic Success assesses student performance on the Colorado Academic Standards.
Many answers to questions related to the large-scale standardized assessment system in Colorado can be found in Colorado Law General Assessment Information tab noted on the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) website.
CMAS English Language Arts and Math (Grades 3-8)
Science and Social Studies Summative
Assessment of Science and Social Studies. Grades 4 & 7 are assessed in Social Studies. Grades 5, 8, & 11 are assessed in Science.
Colorado Alternate Student Assessment Dynamic Learning Map (COALT DLM) ELA/L and Math
Alternate version of the CMAS for students with significant cognitive impairment. The COALT DLM ELA/L and Math assessments are available for students in grades 3-11. COALT DLM is given in the spring.
Colorado Alternate Science and Social Studies
Alternate version of the CMAS for students with significant cognitive impairment. Grades 4 & 7 are assessed in Social Studies. Grades 5, 8, & 11 are assessed in Science.
Additional State Assessments
Colorado PSAT (COPSAT)
The PSAT focuses on the knowledge, skills, and understandings that research has identified as most important for college and career readiness and success. In addition to helping freshmen and sophomores practice for the SAT, it can identify students' potential for success in advanced course work. Grade 9 and 10 are assessed in CO PSAT.
Colorado SAT (COSAT)
SAT is an exam that is accepted for admission and placement in all public colleges and universities in the state. Grade 11 is assessed in CO SAT.
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 students and is one component of the WIDA Consortium's comprehensive, standards-driven system designed to improve the teaching and learning of English language learners (ELLs).
The purpose of ACCESS for ELLs is to monitor student progress in English language proficiency (ELP) 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 is given to all students identified as English learners (NEP and LEP) in grades K-12.
There is an alternate assessment available for students who meet qualifications for instruction using alternate standards in grades 1 - 12.
For more information on WIDA please visit www. wida.us
Additional CCSD District Assessments
Monitors student progress and on State standards throughout the school year. Data used for instructional planning and monitoring. All students in Grades K-3. i-Ready by Curriculum Associates is an adaptive computer assessment.
High School Writing Assessment (HSWA)
11th grade assessment of writing. Aids in identification of English placement for high school students and evaluation of writing programs. Identifies students needing remedial work, profiles a picture of student writing performance, and provides teachers with information about their scoring relative to the district scoring. The HSWA is given in January.
Diagnostic Reading Assessment 2 (DRA2)
Aids in identification and planning for kindergarten and early elementary students whose reading readiness skill are below grade level expectations.
Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)
Administered during Grade 2. The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) measures students' learned reasoning abilities in the three areas most linked to academic success in school: Verbal, Quantitative and Nonverbal.
Advanced Placement Exams
Advanced Placement School Score Summary_SY14.pdf
Advanced Placement District Summary by School_SY14.pdf
College Entrance Assessments:
SAT - Graduating Seniors
ACT - Graduating Seniors
Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP)
Measures and monitors annual status and growth on Colorado State standards. Grades 3-10 are assessed in reading, writing, and math. Grades 5, 8, and 12 also are assessed online in science. Grades 4, 7 and 12 are assessed online in Social Studies. Majority of the TCAP is given in March. Please view the Testing Schedules for District-Level Assessments and contact the school for specific dates.
Measures and monitors annual status and progress toward college readiness. Precursor and predictor of the PL AN and AC T. This assessment is administered in the 8th and 9th grade. The results help students understand their plans and goals for after high school and to find out if they are on track for college. The EXPLORE is given in September. Please view the Testing Schedules for District-Level Assessments and contact the school for specific dates.
Measures and monitors annual status and progress toward college readiness. Precursor and predictor of the ACT. This assessment is administered in the 10th grade. The PLAN is given in September. Please view the Testing Schedules for District-Level Assessments and contact the school for specific dates.
Colorado ACT (COACT)
Measures and monitors annual status and progress toward college readiness. State mandated for 11th graders. Measures each student's content area performance as well as provides a composite score for all content areas combined. The COACT is taken in April. Please view the Testing Schedules for District-Level Assessments and contact the school for specific dates.
Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)
Monitors student progress and on State standards throughout the school year. Data used for instructional planning and monitoring. Select students in Grades 2-12. Please view the Testing Schedules for District-Level Assessments and contact the school for specific dates. MAP, by Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA), is an adaptive computer assessment.