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Assessments

Below is a list of assessments administered by Monument Academy, grade levels assessed, times of the year the assessments are administered, and what each assessment is used for.

AssessmentGrade LevelsTime Frames
Description
DibelsK – 5thAug – Sep
Dec
Apr - May
Dibels is used to monitor how young elementary students are progressing in basic reading skills.

Students in 4th & 5th grades are assessed once at the beginning of the year, then individual students are progress monitored as necessary.
MClassK – 3rd Aug – Sep
MClass is used to evaluate basic math skills in young elementary students. Students are assessed at the beginning of the year, then individual students are progress monitored as necessary.
NWEA3rd – 8th Aug - Sep
Dec
Mar - Apr
NWEA is the primary assessment used by faculty at Monument Academy to track the growth and development of students in grades 3 through 8 over time. Subject areas assessed include Math, Reading, Language, and Science*
CogAt3rd, 6th, 7th OctCogAt is used to fulfill a state requirement to screen for students that may be gifted/talented in reasoning and problem-solving skills.
ACCESSK – 8thJan ACCESS is administered to students that are English Language Learners to monitor a student’s progress in English language proficiency.
State Standardized Assessments**
CMAS/
Science & SS

PARCC
ELA & Math
3rd – 8th AprState law requires that CMAS/PARCC Mathematics and English/Language Arts assessments are administered to all students in the listed grade levels. Additionally, 5th and 8th grade students are assessed in Science, and in some years 4th and 7th grade students are assessed in Social Studies.
CoAlt DLM3rd – 8th AprAdministered to students in the listed grade levels with significant cognitive disabilities to measure Math and English Language Arts performance. Additionally, 5th and 8th grade students are assessed in Science, and in some years 4th and 7th grade students are assessed in Social Studies.
NAEP4th, 8thJan - MarNAEP is a nationally administered assessment. Schools are randomly selected for participation, and are mandated to administer the assessment. Please visit https://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/about/ for more information.
* Grades 3 & 4 do not complete the Science section of the NWEA MAP Growth Assessment
** Colorado state law (HB 15-1323) grants parents the right to refuse having their children complete state standardized tests. Please see our Assessment Refusal -Frequently Asked Questions page for more information

State Standardized Assessments

During the month of April, Monument Academy will begin administering the PARCC/CMAS/CoAlt standardized assessments. Colorado Law requires students in grades 3 through 8 to complete these assessments, but additional legislation allows parents to refuse assessment of their student(s) without any ramifications. Per board policy, parents/guardians may choose to excuse their student(s) from participation in the state-mandated standardized assessments by completing and submitting the online “Assessment Refusal” no less than 3 days before the day of assessment, although for planning purposes we do ask that refusals are submitted earlier. All refusals must be submitted online, we will not accept paper submissions. Links to our Online Assessment Refusal -Frequently Asked Questions and Online Assessment Refusal Directions are found below, or can be picked up at the school’s main office.

* Assessment Refusal – Frequently Asked Questions
* Online Assessment Refusal Directions

Click below to be taken directly to the Online Assessment Refusal Form:
* Online Assessment Refusal

Please contact the Assessment Coordinator with any questions you may have.