From screening students for participation in district programming to monitoring student progress towards college and career preparedness and success, asessments in the Cherry Creek School District serve various purposes. General information on individual assessments are provided below:
CCSD Assessment Systems:
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 2018-19 school year, the assessment will be administered between October and November to students in grades 4 - 8. Students in grade 9 will test on October 10th.
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 10th.
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 20th 2019.
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
State Assessment Systems:
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 (Colorado Measures of Academic Success) assesses student performance on the Colorado Academic Standards.
CMAS English Language Arts and Math: (Grades 3-8)
CMAS Science and Social Studies Summative: An assessment of Science and Social Studies. Grades 4 & 7 are assessed in Social Studies. Grades 5, 8, & 11 are assessed in Science.
COALT DLM (Colorado Alternate Student Assessment Dynamic Learning Map) ELA/L and Math: An 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 District Assessments:
i-Ready: (Grades K-3)
i-Ready by Curriculum Associates is an adaptive computer assessment which monitors student progress on State standards throughout the school year. Data is used for instructional planning and monitoring.
(CogAT) Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT): (Grade 2)
The CogAT measures students' learned reasoning abilities in the three areas most linked to academic success in school: Verbal, Quantitative and Nonverbal.
AP (Advanced Placement) Exams:
Advanced Placement School Score Summary_SY14.pdf
Advanced Placement District Summary by School_SY14.pdf
College Entrance Assessments:
SAT: (For all Graduating Seniors)
ACT: (for Graduating Seniors)
TCAP (Transitional Colorado Assessment Program):
The TCAP measures and monitores 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.
EXPLORE: (Grades 8 and 9)
Measures and monitors annual status and progress toward college readiness. Precursor and predictor of the PL AN and ACT. 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.
COACT (Colorado ACT): (Grade 11)
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. Please view the Testing Schedules for District-Level Assessments and contact the school for specific dates.
MAP (Measures of Academic Progress):
Monitors student progress and on State standards throughout the school year. Data is used for instructional planning and monitoring. MAP is administered to 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.