Standardized Testing at BMS
While we know standardized testing is not always a popular topic, it does provide BMS with important data on student growth and areas of need. Below you'll find information on how BMS participates in standardized testing. For more information, contact Principal Ellsperman at (970) 384-5901. For Roaring Fork School District information on assessment, click here.
Every winter, students in the English Language Development program take the ACCESS test to assess English language proficiency. This annual test measures a student's progress toward acquiring academic English and is administered to all students identified as an English Learner in grades K-12 on computers. For more information, visit:
- Colorado Department of Education: https://www.cde.state.co.us/assessment/ela
- WIDA, which creates the ACCESS test: https://www.wida.us/assessment/
CMAS stands for the Colorado Measures of Academic Success. CMAS is the acronym for the entire bundle of standardized tests that Colorado students now take. For general information from the Colorado Department of Education, Click Here and Here
CMAS: Science and Social Studies
The Science CMAS is given to 5th and 8th graders every spring. The Social Studies CMAS is given to 4th and 7th graders ever three years. BMS will be required to administer the CMAS Social Studies test in 2017/18. These are online tests. Parents receive a printout with score results the following fall after they're taken.
The window for CMAS Science & Social Studies testing for grades 5 and 8 will be in the spring of 2018. We'll provide the specific dates in late winter. Contact the front office for details.
CMAS: English Language Arts and Mathematics (PARCC)
Changes are coming to PARCC testing, however the district anticipates these changes will not occur until the 2018/19 school year. Articles on this Colorado-wide change are available Here and Here. We will communicate new details as soon as we have them. In the meantime, in the past we've used PARCC, which is the name of the test Colorado uses for the English Language Arts (ELA) and Math portion of the CMAS, and it replaced the TCAP in 2015. This test is given to all four grades each spring in a three week window and is an online test. PARCC stands for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career. PARCC measures how a student performs on a particular Common Core standard. Those who score in the top two levels are considered more likely to go on to college based on their background knowledge. Parents receive a printout with score results the following fall after the test is taken.
- To understand how to read your child's PARCC test report, Click here and also Click Here
- For information from the Colorado Department of Education, Click Here
- For an excellent description of the PARCC tests, read this article: Click Here
- For more detailed information about the PARCC tests, Click Here for parent information and Click Here for educator resources
- Wondering how to have a parent/teacher conversation about PARCC? Here's a guideline.
- Wondering how PARCC is different that previous standardized tests and how it sets a new baseline? Click here for English and Click Here for Spanish
The window for PARCC testing takes place in the spring. We will communicate these dates to families as soon as they are scheduled. Contact the front office for details, and please don't schedule absences during this days.
NWEA is an assessment to measure annual growth by grade. The district now allows the NWEA to be optionally given as needed with the exception of once annually in the spring. It may be used for more frequent data checks on students as desired by the individual school.
NWEA is an adaptive and online test. The Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) creates a personalized assessment experience by adapting to each student’s learning level as they test. Assessment data—and essential information about what each student knows and is ready to learn— is available within 24 hours. NWEA scores can be compared to national norms. Growth depends on the grade level as opposed to a particular standard.
Parents receive a printout with score results in the spring after the annual assessment is given. The window for NWEA testing is in the spring. We will communicate those dates as soon as they are scheduled. Contact the front office for details and please don't schedule absences for these dates.
For more information on NWEA, visit: https://www.nwea.org/assessments/standards-alignment/colorado/