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.
Comprehensive Standards Mastery Assessment (CSMA) - Grades 2-12
Students enrolled in select courses take a CSMA at the end of the course to show mastery of the standards/benchmarks of 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 2-5
Demand Writing assessments are intended to gauge student progress in writing and are aligned to the B.E.S.T. ELA Communications benchmarks. Student writings are scored using the Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking (B.E.S.T.) Writing Rubric.
Students in grades 4-5 take two Demand Writing assessments throughout the school year.
Students in grades 2-3 take one Demand Writing assessment in April.
District Progress Monitoring Assessment (DPMA) - Grades 3-12
Students enrolled in state-tested courses will take a DPMA at certain times of the school year to assess mastery of recently taught benchmarks. The data from these assessments are used to guide instruction and remediation throughout the school year.
Grade 3 Alternative Assessments
A Grade 3 student who scores Level 1 on the FAST ELA Reading PM3 assessment may be promoted to grade 4 if the student demonstrates an acceptable level of performance on an approved alternative standardized reading assessment. Marion County Public Schools utilizes the following alternative assessments approved by the Florida Department of Education:
i-Ready Reading Diagnostic
All students in Grade 3 will take the i-Ready Reading Diagnostic for AP1 and AP2 as part of the Grade 3 Portfolio process. Students scoring a Level 1 on FAST ELA Reading PM3 will take the i-Ready Reading Diagnostic for AP3 in May as a pathway to promotion. This assessment is adaptive, matching the difficulty of the questions to the student's ability.
Students scoring a Level 1 on FAST ELA Reading PM3 will take the Star Reading assessment in May as a pathway to promotion. This assessment is adaptive, matching the difficulty of the questions to the student's ability.