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 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.
|NWEA||3rd – 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 for all students in the listed grade levels. Science is also assessed for students in grades 5-8.|
|CogAt||3rd, 6th||Oct/Nov||CogAt 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.|
|CO PSAT||9th, 10th||Apr||The PSAT tests the same skills and knowledge as the SAT in a way that makes sense for 9th and 10th-graders. It builds on the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) tests in English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. The PSAT also aligns with Colorado Academic Standards (CAS) and with the SAT that students will take in 11th grade.|
|State Standardized Assessments*
Visit the CDE General Information website for more.
|3rd – 8th||Apr||State 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 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.|
|ACCESS||K – 8th||Jan||ACCESS is administered to students that are English Language Learners to monitor a student’s progress in English language proficiency.|
|* 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 administers the CMAS/CoAlt standardized assessments. Colorado Law requires students in grades 3 through 8 to complete CMAS assessments, with an additional requirement for students in 11th grade to complete a CMAS science assessment. Students eligible for CoAlt assessments are required to complete them in grades 3 through 12. Per board policy and State Legislation, parents/guardians may choose to excuse their student(s) from participation in the state-mandated standardized tests by completing and submitting the online “Assessment Refusal” linked below no less than 3 days before the day of testing, although for planning purposes we do ask that refusals are submitted prior to spring break. All refusals must be submitted online, per Monument Academy Board Policy #1525 we will not 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. Please contact the Assessment Coordinators at your child’s respective campus with any questions you may have.
Click below to be taken directly to the Online Assessment Refusal Form. These links will be active starting in February:
* CMAS/CoAlt Online Assessment Refusal
* PSAT/SAT Online Assessment Refusal (High School Only)