District Assessments

In addition to statewide assessment data, District 197 also uses data from a variety of national tests

FAST™The Formative Assessment System for Teachers

This assessment combines Curriculum-Based Measurement (CBM) and Computer-Adaptive Testing (CAT) to transform the way teachers measure and monitor student progress in reading, math and social-emotional behavior.

 

  • earlyReading is an evidence-based assessment used to screen and monitor student progress. It is administered to students in Fall, Winter and Spring. Students are tested in Kindergarten and grade 1. Administration time is 5 to 7 minutes per student by screening team. The earlyReading assessments are comprised of 12 sub-tests. Of those sub-tests, FastBridge recommends a composite of four specific sub-tests to be given per benchmark period. The composite varies from fall, winter, or spring, per grade level to best match reading skill development and reliably assess riskBenchmark standards (i.e., “cut scores” or “targets”) are built into the system to assist in determining which students are at risk for academic failure, on target for success, or may need enrichment instruction. Reports for earlyReading will be shared with families during fall and winter conferences.

  • aReading (Adaptive Reading) is a computer-administered adaptive measure of broad reading that is individualized for each student, but may be individually or group administered. Items tap a variety of skills including concepts of print, phonemic awareness, phonics, comprehension, and vocabulary. It measures decoding and word identification skills, and comprehension. It is administered to students in Winter and Spring from 15 to 30 minutes. Students are tested in Kindergarten and grades 1-8 and used for both screening and monitoring student progress. Grades K-4: Reports for aReading will be shared with families during fall and winter conferences. Grades 5-8: Parents can view results through Parent Portal in Infinite Campus. Reports will be shared during fall conferences. 

  • CBMreading (Curriculum-Based Measurement for Reading) is uniquely designed to accommodate quick and easy assessments which provide useful data to monitor student progress and evaluate response to instruction. Administered to students in grade 1 in Winter and Spring for 5 to 7 minutes. It is administered to students in grades 2 to 4 in Fall, Winter and Spring for 5 to 7 minutes. FAST provides benchmark targets for performance to help identify students at-risk for academic failure. For grades K-4, reports for aReading will be shared with families during fall and winter conferences. Spring reports will be sent home with report cards.

  • aMath Adaptive Math (aMath) is used by teachers to screen all students and to estimate annual growth. aMath data also helps educators quickly identify and inform instructional decisions for on-track and high-performers. It is administered to students in Fall and Winter in grades K-8. For grades K-4, reports for aReading will be shared with families during fall and winter conferences. For grades 5-8, parents can view results through Parent Portal in Infinite Campus. Reports will be shared during fall conferences.  

Measures Of Academic Progress (MAP)

  • Nationally normed assessment by NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association) located in Portland, Oregon.
  • MAP assessments are computer-adaptive achievement tests in Mathematics and Reading.
  • The computer adjusts the difficulty of the questions so that each student takes a unique test.
  • Administered to students in the fall to measure individual academic growth in a year.
  • Students tested in Reading and Math in grades 9-12.
  • Aligned to the MN Academic Standards in Reading and Math.
  • Used as a predictor of performance on the MCA, to differentiate and inform instruction and to set individual student growth targets.
  • Fall results are shared with parents by individual teachers no later than fall conferences.
  • Winter and Spring results are shared with parents by individual teachers, as needed.
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Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAt)

  • Locally administered normative test used to measure students’ learned reasoning. abilities in the three areas most linked to academic success in school: Verbal, Quantitative and Nonverbal.
  • Administered to students in grade 2 in December.
  • Administered to students in grade 3, 4 & 5 in December who meet the criteria of 90% or above on both Reading and Math MAP assessment in the Fall.
  • Results are shared with parents during Spring conferences.
  • Assessment used as one leg of our identification process for Gifted and Talented services.
  • CogAT FAQ
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Kindergarten Math Assessment

  • Each kindergarten assessment includes an individual interview and a written assessment of skills.
  • The first is a baseline assessment designed to help teachers ascertain incoming kindergartners' math skills.
  • The subsequent assessments are administered at two- or three-month intervals. These periodic assessments check for conceptual understanding, procedural fluency and application of coherent and rigorous standards; and are intended to provide a snapshot of each student's skills near the end of each quarter of the school year.
  • Results are published on report cards.