Elementary School Assessments

Assessments are important for students, teachers, parents and our school. Students are expected to take a variety of assessments and will be assessed on progress toward learning benchmarks and state standards using various standardized assessment tools. It is important to understand that your child will be asked to travel to the testing location, depending on his/her grade level, at least once a year.

Assessments include unit and semester assessments and standardized assessments determined by the Douglas County School District and Colorado Cyber. Students are expected to complete all assessments relatively unassisted in order to ensure that their ability and knowledge are accurately assessed.

The DRA2 literacy assessment complies with the READ Act. This test assesses a student’s ability to read and comprehend at grade level. DRA2 is given at the start of the year, sometimes mid-year, and at the end of the year to all K-3 students. For some students in grades 4-6, this test is given at the start of the year, sometimes mid-year, and at the end of the year. It is also given at the start of the year and end of the year for some students in grades 7-8.

Student attendance and participation in scheduled standardized assessments include, but are not limited to, TCAP and literacy (DRA2, STAR), numeracy (STAR)assessments. Participation is a mandatory requirement for continued enrollment in Colorado Cyber as a school of choice. The READ Act requires students to read on grade level by 3rd grade, and we will use the DRA2 and STAR Early Literacy as evidence of that ability.