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Understand CMAS: PARCC Results


Helping Our Families Understand CMAS: PARCC Results

“These scores give us the opportunity to focus on the needs of each student so that we can give them the targeted support they need to be ready for college and career.

Dear Team DPS:

Acting Superintendent Susana Cordova

Acting Superintendent Susana Cordova

By today, most DPS families should have received their students’ 2015 CMAS: PARCC test results in English language arts and math. As many of you know, this new state exam aligns to our new, higher Colorado Academic Standards. Students in grades third through 11th took this exam last spring, instead of our previous TCAP and CSAP exams.

With new test names, new data and new scores, these changes inevitably bring a lot of questions. From a parent’s perspective, I understand it can be confusing, and maybe even a little scary, to figure out answers to the most important question: How well is my student doing on the new standards?

I’d like to encourage you to help our families understand that these new assessments provide a clearer picture about how students are performing on higher academic standards so that we can be sure that when our students graduate, they are ready for college-level work. The new Colorado Academic Standards focus on the development of skills vital to student success; including collaboration, communication and problem-solving, that wasn’t easily captured by exams in the past.

Because the new tests are fundamentally different from previous state tests, we can’t compare the two scores side-by-side — they are not apples-to-apples. The bar has been set higher, and this year’s results establish a new baseline to measure growth moving forward.

A student works on a computer

A student works on a computer

Students, parents and teachers should not be discouraged by these new results; nor will these results affect students’ grades or their chances of getting into college. Instead, these scores give us the opportunity to focus on the needs of each student so that we can give them the targeted support they need to be ready for college and career.

As our parents begin reviewing and analyzing their students’ scores, I encourage you to review these resources to help them better understand and make use of this information:

I encourage you to share how we are working to create joyful, rigorous and personalized classrooms, guided by the Denver Plan 2020, our Academic Strategic Plan, our Vision of DPS Classroom and our Vision of a DPS Graduate.

Every one of our students has great talent and potential, and by using these new results, we can all support them to achieve their own bright future.

Warm regards,
Susana

Assessment Schedule 2016

CMAS DATES

Tuesday 4/12- Session 1 of PARCC Math and Language Arts
AM- 6th and 8th Math/ 7th grade Language Arts
PM- 6th and 8th grade Language Arts/ 8th grade Math

Wednesday 4/13- Session 2 of PARCC Math and Language Arts
AM- 6th and 8th Math/ 7th grade Language Arts
PM- 6th and 8th grade Language Arts/ 8th grade Math

Thursday 4/14- Session 3 of PARCC Math and Language Arts
AM- 6th and 8th Math/ 7th grade Language Arts
PM- 6th and 8th grade Language Arts/ 8th grade Math

8th Grade ONLY- CMAS Science — Starting promptly at 8am
Tuesday 4/19, Wednesday 4/20, Thursday 4/21

Important notes:

  1. On time ATTENDANCE is critical!
    1. Please make sure your child arrives by 7:40 for testing to begin promptly at 8am
    2. Please do not schedule appointments during testing so students do not need to leave early or arrive late.
  2. Electronics Policy: Due to the strict PARCC test security policy, it is highly recommended cell phones and tablets be left at home on testing days. Any student who brings a phone or tablet to school on 4/12, 4/13, and 4/14 will need to turn it in by 8am and it will be returned at 2:40pm. Electronics will not be permitted at lunch time during these three days for test security. If you need to reach your child, simply call the office and we will put you in touch with your child.

Why Paper/ Pencil testing:

At Hill, we value the opinions of our students, parents, and teachers. WE have listened to your feedback from last year informing us that computer based testing was stressful and did not enable all students to show their knowledge and growth adequately. Computer testing is new, and we understand there are still kinks to be worked out. Therefore we advocated for paper/pencil testing for this year. Paper/pencil enables our whole school to complete the majority of testing in just three school days, which will cause the least amount of schedule disruptions. We value technology and are ensuring our students have time on computers weekly; however, we feel for state testing, students will be more comfortable and achieve at high levels by taking CMAS on paper/ pencil this year. To read more about the research that led us to advocate for paper/ pencil testing please check out this article:  Education Weekly Article.

 http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2016/02/03/parcc-scores-lower-on-computer.html


Parents Guide

Parents Guide to the PARCC and CMAS Assessments

The PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers)
www.parcconline.org (general information)
parcc.pearson.com/practice-tests/     (practice tests)

  • The What:
    • All 6th, 7th grade students will take both the English Language Arts and Mathematics Assessment specific to their grade level.
    • 8th Grade students will take the 8th grade English Language Arts assessment and either the 8th grade mathematics, Algebra 1 or Integrated Mathematics Assessment.
    • 2 Assessments for both ELA (English Language Arts) and Mathematics (Performance Based Assessment and End Of Year Assessment)
    • The When:
    • Performance Based Assessment (75% of the way through the school year, March 2015)
    • End Of Year Assessment (90% of the way through the school year, May 2015)
  • The Why:
    • Create high-quality assessments
    • Build a pathway to college and career readiness for all students
    • Support educators in the classroom
    • Develop 21st century, technology-based assessments
    • Advance accountability at all levels
  • The How:
    • Computer based assessments for both the PBA and EOY

CMAS (Colorado Measures of Academic Success)
www.pearsonaccess.com (select Colorado in drop down menu)
Understanding the Colorado Measures of Academic Success

  • The What:
    • Social Studies Assessment  (completed by 7th graders)
    • Science Assessment (completed by 8th graders)
  • The When:
    • Both Administered during the month of April.
  • The Why:
    • To measure a students’ academic performance on the Colorado Academic Standards for Science and Social Studies.
  • The How:
    • 3 Computer based assessments for both contents (Science and Social Studies


Practice Tests

PRACTICE TESTS

COLORADO DEPT. OF EDUCATION INFORMATION

http://www.cde.state.co.us/assessment/newassess-parcc

DENVER PUBLIC SCHOOLS INFORMATION

http://onlineassessment.dpsk12.org/

HILL QUESTIONS

Darcy Barr, (720) 423-9753
Darcy_Barr@dpsk12.org

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