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
DIBELSK – 5thAug – Sep
Apr - May
DIBELS is used to monitor how young elementary students are progressing in basic reading fluency skills.

Students in 4th & 5th grades are assessed only at the beginning and end of the year. Individual students in any grade may have their progress monitored as necessary during the year.
NWEA3rd – 8th Aug - Sep
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 Comprehension, Language, and Science*
CogAt3rd, 6thOct/NovCogAt is used to help fulfill a state requirement to screen for students that may qualify for Advanced Learning Plans (ALPs). CogAt is an achievement assessment that measures a student's learned reasoning and problem-solving abilities in verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal cognitive domains.
PSAT 8/99thAprThe PSAT 8/9 tests the same skills and knowledge as the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, and PSAT 10—in a way that makes sense for eighth and ninth graders. It measures what they’re already learning, shows them whether they’re on track for college, and lets them know where they need the most improvement.
State Standardized Assessments*
Visit the CDE General Information website for more.
ELA, Math,
Science, SS
3rd – 8th AprState law requires that CMAS 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 - 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 for more information.
ACCESSK – 8thJanACCESS is administered to students that are English Language Learners to monitor a student’s progress in English language proficiency.
* 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

Government response to Covid-19 has impacted CMAS assessments for the 2020-2021 school year. Please see the Spring Assessments at a Glance page for complete details!

During the month of April, Monument Academy administers the CMAS/CoAlt/PSAT standardized assessments, as the 2020-2021 assessment season approaches look for a link to our Spring Assessments at a Glance page.

Colorado Law requires students in grades 3 through 11 to complete the applicable 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:
* CMAS/CoAlt Online Assessment Refusal
* PSAT/SAT Online Assessment Refusal (High School Only)

Please contact the Assessment Coordinator with any questions