Assessments

Wray School District uses the following assessment programs to measure student growth each year and to help identify instructional strategies for students:

Local Assessments

DIBEL Next:  Students K-5 are assesses three times a year to measure reading level and growth.  Assessment time is approximately 15 minutes per student in the Fall, Winter and Spring.  Students are progress monitored on a weekly, biweekly, or monthly basis.

NWEA Assessments:  Students in grades K-10 are assessed three times a year to measure reading, language and math levels.  Assessment time is approximately 60 minutes per student in each area in the Fall, Winter, and Spring.

CoGat Assessment:  Students in grades 2, 6 and 9 are given this assessment to help identify gifted and talented status.  Assessment time is approximately 3 sets of 30 minute sections.

State Assessments

WIDA APT:  Students who indicate a home language other than English upon registering are given this assessment to measure English language proficiency.  Approximate assessment time is 15-30 minutes.

WIDA Access:  Assessment given to students who are not fluent in English.  More information 0n this assessment will be available in November. 

CMAS Science and Social Studies:  Science: Grades 5, 8 and 11.  Social Studies: Grades 4 and 7 to be done on a sampling basis with schools participating once every three years.  State science and social studies tests measuring the Colorado Academic Standards were administered online in Colorado for the first time in the 2013-14 school year. The Colorado Department of Education, testing contractor Pearson, and Colorado educators collaborated to develop these assessments, ensuring alignment to the new standards, as well as innovative ways of measuring knowledge and understanding.

CMAS PARCC Language Arts (ELA) and Math: Grades 3 through 9.  As required by law, Colorado’s tests in English language arts and math were developed in collaboration with a consortia of states, known as PARCC, that came together to develop a shared way to measure how students are performing academically based on more rigorous college and career ready standards. Colorado is a member of PARCC’s governing board and Colorado educators were highly involved in the development of the tests.

CoAlternate:  Alternate assessments are given to students on modified curriculum.

College Preparatory Exam:  Grade 10.  Students in grade 10 will take the PSAT.

College Entrance Exam:  Grade 11.  Students in grade 11 will no longer take the PARCC exams.    Students in grade 11 will take SAT starting school year 16-17 for 4 years.  





By state requirements, Wray School District has adopted Policy IKA and  IKA-R to address parent opt out, paper/pencil options, and posting requirements.