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.
|Assessment||Grade Levels||Time Frames||Description|
|Dibels||K – 5th||Aug – Sep|
Apr - May
|Dibels is used to monitor how young elementary students are progressing in basic reading skills.
Students in 4th & 5th grades are assessed only at the beginning and end of the year. Individual students may be progress monitored as necessary during the year.
|NWEA||3rd – 8th||Aug |
Apr - May
|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*|
|CogAt||3rd, 6th||Oct||CogAt is used to fulfill a state requirement to screen for students that may be gifted/talented in reasoning and problem-solving skills.|
|ACCESS||K – 8th||Jan||ACCESS is administered to students that are English Language Learners to monitor a student’s progress in English language proficiency.|
|State Standardized Assessments**|
|3rd – 8th||Apr||State 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 DLM||3rd – 8th||Apr||Administered 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.|
|NAEP||4th, 8th||Jan - Mar||NAEP is a nationally administered assessment. Schools are randomly selected for participation, and are mandated to administer the assessment. Monument Academy was selected to participate in the 2018-2019 school year in eighth grade only. The assessment date will be February 5th, 2019. 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 CMAS/CoAlt standardized assessments, as the 2018-2019 assessment season approaches look for a link to our 2019 – Spring Assessments at a Glance page.
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, per Monument Academy Board Policy #1525 we will no longer accept paper refusal forms. Links to our Assessment Refusal: Frequently Asked Questions page and Online Assessment Refusal Instructions are found below, or can be picked up at the school’s main office.
* Assessment Refusal: Frequently Asked Questions
* Online Assessment Refusal Instructions
Click below to be taken directly to the Online Assessment Refusal Form:
* Online Assessment Refusal
Please contact the Assessment Coordinator with any questions.