Assessments

 

School Year 2018-19

Dear Parents:

Woodland Park School District administers a variety of assessments throughout the school year which meet state and federal requirements. Below is a link where you will find a list of those assessments which indicate the purpose, content area assessed, testing windows, approximate student testing time and grade levels.  The chart also indicates whether the assessment is a state required assessment or district level where results are only analyzed at the building level for instructional purposes measuring student progress throughout the year.

State assessments in CMAS, PSAT, SAT, and DLM give us information about how your child is progressing in key academic areas throughout their school career and how they compare to other students in the state.  The PSAT and SAT are an integral part of the Individual Career and Academic Planning (ICAP) at the high school and are often used for college entrance and scholarship applications.  Additionally, the SAT results are used as one piece of evidence for graduation requirements.  While these assessments are Colorado state standardized assessments, they do meet the federal statutory requirement.

Various district assessments such as DIBELS, STAR, and MAP testing are used as quick bench-marking assessments throughout the year to check progress, adjust instruction if needed, and target interventions for students who may be struggling.  Teachers analyze these results frequently throughout the year to better meet the needs of your child.

Some of these assessments are computer-based (CMAS, STAR, MAP) while others are paper-pencil (PSAT and SAT).  Each school will notify families of upcoming assessments along with their assessment schedule depending on grade level and content area prior to the testing windows.  As per Colorado law, parents have the right to refuse to have their child take standardized tests.  Parents wishing to withdraw their child from standardized state assessments should contact their child’s school.

We appreciate your involvement in your child’s education and encouragement of their positive participating in these assessments.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or your child’s school directly.

Sincerely,

Linda Murray
Assistant Superintendent
lmurray@wpsdk12.org
719-686-2012

2018-2019 Assessment Schedule

 

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