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State Mandated Testing

 

Mesa is in a situation where we have to improve in regards to state testing scores. We will continue to hold sessions to share information about what we need to do as a school and as a community so stay tuned. Also, we are always available to have conversations with parents, guardians, and community members.

 

State Assessment: The Why, The How, and The What

 

Why?

  • We can see how a child is performing relative to other students at Mesa Middle School, within the district, and state.

  • It prepares students for standardized assessments that they will take in high school, college (SAT, ACT, LSAT, MCAT, etc.) or other vocational programs.

  • We can make informed decisions and choices for our students. Test data is used by administration and staff to drive instruction/curriculum and professional development choices.

  • Test data may identify learning gaps that can be addressed.

  • Identification of districts and schools that have struggling students, so help can be provided.

  • We want to provide a Balanced Assessment System that includes a variety of formative, interim, and summative assessments.

 

How are the results used?

As part of a BODY of EVIDENCE, state assessments are used to:

  • drive instruction for a student,

  • identify targeted interventions,

  • place students in appropriate classes at the middle school level as well as high school,

  • identify gifted and talented students during the identification process, and

  • determine effectiveness in regards to instruction and determine whether Mesa’s instructional practices are effective.

 

What happens with the data?

  • CDE is committed to ensuring that data on individual students are secure. CDE does not report individual student data to the federal government; the department has strict policies and procedures in place to maintain data security. For more information on data privacy and security please go to: http://www.cde.state.co.us/dataprivacyandsecurity

 

  • The results of PARCC are the backbone of the state’s accountability system. The state uses PARCC data to populate the annual school and district performance frameworks which is the result in accreditation ratings for each school and district. If schools do poorly on the state exam there is an impact to the building.

 

Please contact Tony Jackowski with additional questions.  

 

Excerpts taken from this CDE link: http://www.cde.state.co.us/communications/stateassessmentsandacademicachievement

 

State Testing 2018:

DCSD Assessment Policy
State Assessment - Why?
DCSD Assessment Schedule
State Testing Excusal Form 
HB 15-1323

Mesa Middle School Testing Schedule 

If you are a parent/guardian requesting a paper version of the assessment, please email Mrs. Ann Halcromb at ann.halcromb[at]dcsdk12[dot]org by December 15, 2017.