The primary purpose of the Marion County Assessment Program is to measure student progress. These assessments are written to the standards and follow the state assessment item specifications. The data from these assessments is used by the various stakeholders in Marion County in order to make instructional decisions at the school and classroom levels. The assessments used in the program are given throughout the school year.
District Assessment Programs
Comprehensive Standards Mastery Assessment (CSMA) - Grades 2-12
Students in Physical Education, World Languages, Fine Arts, and CTE courses take a comprehensive assessment that covers standards taught throughout the course. Some courses take a pre and post assessment, while others take only a post assessment.
Students in grades 6-12 may take a pre CSMA in courses that have a state assessment. The data from pre CMSAs is used to guide instruction during the school year.
Core courses that do not have a state assessment will take a post CSMA. The data from post CSMAs is used to determine student mastery of the standards.
Demand Writing - Grades 3-5
Students in grades 3-5 take three Demand Writing assessments throughout the school year. Each Demand Writing is aligned to the writing standards taught in the respective quarter (opinion or informative). The student writings are scored using the FSA Writing Rubric.
i-Ready Diagnostic - Grades 3-8
Select students in grades 3-8 take a diagnostic that determines the student's current academic level in both reading and math. This assessment is adaptive, matching the difficulty of the questions to the ability of the student. There are three diagnostic assessments administered during the school year: beginning-, middle-, and end-of-year. The data from these diagnostic assessments is used to determine the MTSS placement.
Quaterly Standards Mastery Assessment (QSMA) - Grades 3-12
Students in courses that have a Florida Standards Assessment, Florida End-of-Course Assessment, or Statewide Science Assessment take three quarterly assessments throughout the school year. Each QSMA is aligned to the standards taught in the respective quarter. The data from these assessments is used to guide instruction and remediation throughout the school year.
Science Benchmark - Grade 5
Students in grade 5 take the Science Benchmark at the beginning and middle of the school year. The beginning of the year assessment is aligned to 3rd and 4th grade science standards. These standards will be assessed on the Grade 5 Statewide Science Assessment. The middle of the year Science Benchmark is aligned to 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade standards. The data from these assessments is used to guide instruction and remediation throughout the school year.