2017-2018 District 49 Assessments Calendar
SCHS 2016-2017 ACT Aspire Test Schedule
Sand Creek High School PSAT 10 & SAT
Sand Creek High School offered the PSAT 10 in spring of 2016, and will offer both the PSAT 10 and SAT in spring 2017. The Colorado Department of Education has directed high schools to transition 11th-graders to the The College Board's SAT college-entrance exam, and remove the ACT as mandated test. Schools are phasing out ACT schedules, as they start to administer the SAT and PSAT each spring. Sand Creek High School will administer the ACT in September 2016 (PDF).
The SAT is an admission test accepted by all U.S. colleges. The SAT is accepted at all Colorado universities, and many students are already familiar with it, prior to taking it. It measures the skills and knowledge that colleges are looking for today, and reflects what Colorado students are already learning in their classrooms.
The PSAT 10 tests the same skills and knowledge as the SAT in a way that makes sense for 10th-graders. It builds on the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers tests in literacy and mathematics and the Colorado Measures of Academic Success tests in science and social studies. The PSAT 10 also aligns with Colorado Academic Standards and with the SAT that students will take in 11th grade.
Students take the PSAT 10 as sophomores so they can focus on specific areas of preparation during their junior year. The PSAT 10 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 sophomores practice for the SAT, it can identify student’s potential for success in advanced course work. It provides more data than ever before about academic strengths and weaknesses as well as access to millions of dollars in scholarships.
Student PSAT & SAT Score Reports
Free Student Practice for the SAT through Khan Academy
The College Board has partnered with online educational provider Khan Academy to provide free online SAT practice to all students. Creating College Board and Khan Academy accounts are optional for students. If a student allows Khan Academy to access his or her PSAT scores, the academy will set up a personalized study plan to prepare the student for success on the SAT. Students get the opportunity to set up that account during the school day.
Sand Creek High School uses the Khan Academy program periodically in classes throughout the school year, and students can access it from home at any time. By creating a free Khan Academy account, students are able to take four official full-length SAT practice tests, access thousands of practice questions, video lessons, and hints, and receive study and test-taking tips. In addition, students are able to personalize their SAT practice by taking eight diagnostic quizzes, or seeing personalized practice recommendations based on the student’s PSAT 10 results by linking their College Board and Khan Academy accounts.
Assessments Portfolio Overview
District 49 uses a variety of assessments that allows teachers to tailor and customize instruction for each student. Different types of assessment serve different goals in the educational process. With these differing assessments, it might seem like an abundance of testing. In reality, students are assessed less than 2% of the time they are in school in District 49.
State and federal law require district students to take standardized assessments in the instructional areas of English language arts, math and science. State law also requires students to take standardized assessment in the instructional area of social studies. The district administers standardized assessments in accordance to these state and federal requirements.
District 49’s mission is to be the best choice to learn, work and lead and to prepare students to be successful. District 49 uses these assessments and others to determine the level of achievement and growth of our students, ensure appropriate instruction and resources for students, evaluate the effectiveness of curriculum, instruction and leadership, and determine the performance level of students, schools, and the district.
How We Assess Student Performance
BENCHMARK & INTERIM ASSESSMENTS
Schools have a menu of assessment they can choose from based on their needs. Benchmark and interim assessment are given periodically throughout the year and happen “in the middle learning”. Some interim assessments that may be used in District 49 include but are not limited to:
DIBELS Next (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills), given three times a year in kindergarten through fifth grade. It shows how students are acquiring foundational reading skills necessary for further academic success.
Scholastic Math Inventory, a computer adaptive assessment that monitors math skills through Algebra I, providing immediate data and may be given up to five times a year.
Scholastic Reading Inventory You may contact your student’s school for more information on the specific assessment that is given.
The more frequent and informal assessments for District 49 may include: DIBELS Next Progress Monitoring, Burst, Aimsweb and EasyCBM. Assessment happens all day, every day in instruction through things like questioning, checks for understanding, exit tickets and quizzes.
State assessments are an example of summative assessments. Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) is the state assessment system required of students in public schools. Students do not take all of the state assessments. As testing approaches, schools communicate testing schedules with families.
CMAS: English Language Arts, Math, Science & Social Studies and CoAlt: Science & Social Studies
The CMAS test measure the Colorado Academic Standards in the content areas of reading and writing, science and social studies. A small number of students with significant cognitive disabilities who meet specific criteria may demonstrate their content knowledge on the Colorado Alternate Assessment. Schools taking the Social Studies assessment will be selected by the state through a sampling process and will only take Social Studies every three years.
CMAS assessments measure students acquisition of the standards. Colorado educators set cut scores for each performance level based on the specific content that student should be able to engage with at each of the four Performance Levels. Students scoring in the met and exceeded levels are on track for career and college readiness.
DYNAMIC LEARNING MAPS: ELA & MATH
Students who take CoAlt for science and social studies also take DLM to assess their achievement on the extended evidence outcomes of the Colorado Academic Standards in English language art and mathemeatics.
ACCESS: English Language Proficiency
ACCESS annually measures the attainment of English proficiency by English language learners in the areas of listening, reading, speaking and writing.
HIGH SCHOOL EXAMS
Eleventh-graders take the SAT exam. Ninth-graders and tenth-graders take the PSAT 9 and PSAT 10 exam which, along with the 11th grade SAT exam, are aligned to the Colorado Academic Standards. These Colorado aligned assessments are used as part of college entrance criteria and indicate career readiness.