• District assessments measure student progress throughout the school year. Assessments follow the state test item specifications. Instructional decisions are made using assessment data at the district, school, and classroom levels. 

District Assessment Programs

  • Comprehensive Standards Mastery Assessment (CSMA) - Grades 2-12

    Students in Physical Education, World Languages, Fine Arts, and Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses take a comprehensive assessment covering 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 are 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 are used to determine student mastery of the standards.


    Demand Writing - Grades 2-5

    Students in grades 4-5 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 Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking (B.E.S.T.) Writing Rubric. Students in Grade 3 take two Demand Writing assessments per year and students in Grade 2 take the Demand Writing assessment once per year.


    i-Ready Diagnostic - Grades K-5

    All students in grades K-5 take a diagnostic that determines the student's current academic level in both reading and math once per year for the 2022-2023 school year. This assessment is adaptive, matching the difficulty of the questions to the student's ability. Students in Grade 3 will take the diagnostic twice this school year, the last diagnostic will be used as an alternative pathway for promotion to Grade 4.

    How does the i-Ready adaptive Diagnostic work?


    District Progress Monitoring Assessment (DPMA) - Grades 3-12

    Students will take DPMA assessments throughout the school year. Each assessment is aligned to the standards taught in the respective quarter. The data from these assessments are used to guide instruction and remediation throughout the school year.