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Elementary Curriculum » Assessment


Formative and Summative assessments are incorporated into each content area. Formative assessments are used as a diagnostic tool to determine areas of growth and strength, thus allowing teachers to differentiate for all learners in their classroom. Formative assessments allow teachers to gain insight into student learning and make daily instructional decisions based on this data.

Formative assessments may include:  

  • Observations
  • Discussions
  • Exit tickets
  • Response logs
  • Graphic organizers
  • Peer/self assessments
  • Presentations
  • Summative assessments measure what a student understands, typically at the end of a unit of instruction.  Summative assessments may include:
  • Quizzes
  • End of unit tests
  • Projects
  • Written papers

The following required assessments will be administered to K-5 students:

  • ACCESS (WIDA): The Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners is an English language proficiency assessment.
  • CogAT: The Cognitive Abilities Test will be administered to all 3rd grade students and all 5th grade students in the fall of each year.
  • CMAS: The Colorado Measures of Academic Success assessment is administered to 4th grade social studies students and 5th grade science students in the spring of each year.
  • MAP: The Measures of Academic Progress assessment is administered in the fall, winter and spring of each year to all students.
  • PARCC: The Partnerships for Assessment for Readiness for College and Careers assessment is administered to all students in 3rd through 5th grades. Students are assessed in English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics.
  • Renaissance STAR Early Literacy Assessment: This assessment will be administered as a diagnostic tool to identify students needing support in literacy.
  • TS Gold: This assessment provides readiness data related to kindergarten student learning and achievement.