Adams County School District 14
     5291 East 60th Avenue
     Commerce City, CO 80022
  303.853.3333    303.853.3329
communications@adams14.org
  • Superintendent Abrego greets students as they start school

    Superintendent Abrego greets students as they start school

  • 2016-17 Registration / Inscripciones

    2016-17 Registration / Inscripciones

    For more information click here

    Para más información haga clic aquí

  • Preschool Program / Programa Prescolar

    Preschool Program / Programa Prescolar

    Free preschool program for three and four year olds in Adams 14. Click here for more information.

    Programa gratis de prescolar para niños entre tres y cuatro años de edad en Adams 14. Presione aquí para más información.

Assessment & Research

The Assessment & Research Department provides expertise and guidance in the collection, analysis, and communication of student and school academic results to teachers, district leadership, and the community. Our goal is to provide exceptional service for data collection, reporting, and analysis used to inform instruction and improve student achievement.

 

ACCESS

ACCESS for ELLs:

ACCESS for ELLs is the WIDA Consortium's secure, No Child Left Behind-compliant assessment of English language proficiency, now administered nationally to over 900,000 students annually. In 2012, Colorado became a full member of the WIDA Consortium. The ACCESS for ELLs is an annual test that measures a student’s progress in acquiring academic English. This assessment is administered to all students identified as an English Learners (NEP and LEP) in grades K-12.

There is an alternate assessment available for students who meet qualifications for instruction using alternate standards in grades 1 - 12.

For more information on WIDA please visit www.wida.us.

Adams 14 utilizes the ACCESS for ELLs data for multiple purposes. One primary use of the results is to ensure that our English Language Learner students are adequately developing proficiency in English. Also, the data is used for programmatic planning, instructional emphasis, and appropriate placement into English Language Development classes. As with any use of data, we believe that using multiple measures is vital to provide a composite profile of each learner in order to maximize their potential for growth and academic success in Adams 14.

W-APT:

The screener to assist in the identification of students that qualify for English Language Acquisition programming will be the W-APT™ which stands for the WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test.

 

CMAS

Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) are the state’s common measurement of students’ progress at the end of the school year in English language arts, math, science and social studies. Designed to be administered online, the tests feature a variety of interactive questions that are more engaging and aligned with 21st century teaching and learning practices.

  • English Language Arts and Math (PARCC)
    As required by law, Colorado’s tests in English language arts and math were developed in collaboration with a consortium of states, known as PARCC, that came together to develop a shared way to measure how students are performing academically based on more rigorous college and career ready standards. Colorado is a member of PARCC’s governing board and Colorado educators were highly involved in the development of the tests. As a governing member, Colorado is committed to relying on the PARCC assessment system for grades 3-9. The CMAS PARCC assessments are administered one time in March/April.
  • Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM)
    Students with an Individual Education Plan (IEP) who are not able to take PARCC (grades 3-9) or PSAT/SAT (grades 10 & 11) will instead take the DLM in English language arts and math. The DLM is a standards-based assessment designed to provide a picture of student performance and a framework for students to access the general curriculum.
  • Science and Social Studies
    State science and social studies tests measure the Colorado Academic Standards. The Colorado Department of Education, testing contractor Pearson, and Colorado educators collaborated to develop these assessments, ensuring alignment to the new standards, as well as innovative ways of measuring knowledge and understanding. Science and Social Studies assessments are administered in elementary, middle, and high schools. Students in grades 5, 8, and 11 take the science assessments. The social studies assessments are administered in grades 4, 7, and 11 to a sampling of schools. The CMAS Science and Social Studies assessments are administered one time in April.
  • Colorado Alternative Assessment (CoAlt)
    Students with an Individual Education Plan (IEP) who are not able to take CMAS will instead take the Colorado Alternate Assessments in Science and Social Studies. The CoAlt is a standards-based assessment designed to provide a picture of student performance and a framework for students to access the general curriculum.

 

READ ACT

The READ ACT for Colorado went into effect July 1st, 2013 and is driven by House Bill 12-1238. The Colorado Reading to Ensure Academic Development ACT focuses on students who have been identified with a significant reading deficiency. Adams 14 uses Renaissance Learning’s STAR assessment in Early Literacy and Reading to gather data for the READ ACT.

For more information on the READ ACT visit the Colorado Department of Education.

 

TS Gold

Teaching Strategies (TS) Gold is an ongoing, observation-based assessment for preschool and kindergarten students. It meets the state requirements of the early readiness assessment in accordance with Colorado’s Achievement Plan for Kids passed in 2008.

 

State College Entrance Exams

  • PSAT
    The PSAT (pre-SAT) for tenth graders aligns to the literacy and mathematics expectations in Colorado academic standards and state tests. The PSAT measures the same skills and knowledge as the SAT in a way that makes sense for tenth graders. It focuses on the knowledge, skills, and understandings that research has identified as most important for college and career readiness and success. The PSAT will be taken by all Colorado tenth graders during the 2015-16 school year to help prepare for the SAT in eleventh grade.
  • SAT
    Beginning in the 2016-17 school year, the Colorado Department of Education will be transitioning eleventh grade students to take the SAT as the college entrance exam for Colorado. A selection committee of school and district representatives from across the state agreed that the Preliminary SAT (PSAT) for tenth graders and the SAT for eleventh graders provide Colorado with the best option for assessments of college and career readiness. The committee noted several advantages to using the PSAT and the SAT including:
    • A close alignment to the content and expectations in the Colorado Academic Standards
    • The availability of free resources, including practice tests, to help students prepare
    • The annual release of items so that the look and feel of the assessment is familiar and students can determine what items they got right and wrong
    SAT is currently accepted by all public, private, accredited, and not-for-profit colleges in the state of Colorado and across the United States.

STAR

Since 2013, the district has fully implemented Renaissance Learning’s STAR assessment in Early Literacy, Reading, and Math. STAR assessments are adaptive, meaning each question is adjusted for each individual student. This data provides instructional planning and growth targets for teachers.

  • To learn more about Renaissance Learning click here

 

Assessment Strategy - Estrategia de Evaluación

 

The Department of Student Assessment and Research serves as a guide in the adoption of local assessments as well as coordinates the implementation of student assessment throughout the district. We provide assessment administration guidance, data collection and reporting, and support in analyzing student data to inform instruction and increase student achievement.

Goals:

  • Provide a reliable assessment strategy for Pre-K through 12th grade
  • Manage federal, state, and local assessment initiatives
  • Provide accurate and timely information regarding testing purposes, procedures, and results; and
  • Provide guidance on the appropriate use of assessment results for accountability purposes

 

Assessments:

The Adams 14 Assessment System includes formative and summative assessments. Formative assessments assist teachers in progress monitoring student growth throughout the year so they can instruct students at the most appropriate level. Summative assessments are often the state-required assessments that provide an end-of-year summary of student progress in meeting Colorado Academic Standards. The table below provides further information about each assessment.

What to expect from state assessments for 2016-2017

http://www.cde.state.co.us/assessment/resources

 

Pre-K – Grade 2 Assessments:

Assessment

Type of Assessment

Quick Links

Teaching Strategies Gold

Formative/Summative

TS Gold CDE Fact Sheet
http://www.cde.state.co.us/communications/tsgoldfactsheet

ACCESS

Summative

WIDA Website
https://www.wida.us/assessment/ACCESS/#about

STAR Early Literacy, STAR Math

Formative

Parent’s Guide to STAR Assessments English
http://doc.renlearn.com/KMNet/R0054872491706A8.pdf

Parent’s Guide to STAR Assessments Spanish
http://doc.renlearn.com/KMNet/R00548741EC4CC7C.pdf

CogAT

Formative

CogAT Website
http://www.riversidepublishing.com/products/cogAt/details.html

 

Grades 3-5 Assessments:

Assessment

Type of Assessment

Quick Links

ACCESS

Summative

WIDA Website
https://www.wida.us/assessment/ACCESS/#about

STAR Reading, STAR Math

Formative

Parent’s Guide to STAR Assessments English
http://doc.renlearn.com/KMNet/R0054872491706A8.pdf

Parent’s Guide to STAR Assessments Spanish
http://doc.renlearn.com/KMNet/R00548741EC4CC7C.pdf

CMAS: Science/Social Studies

Summative

Colorado Department of Education Assessment FAQ Website
http://www.cde.state.co.us/communications/factsheetsandfaqs-assessment#faq

CMAS: PARCC Math, ELA

Summative

PARCC Parent Resources Website
http://parcconline.org/resources/parent-resources

Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM)

Summative

Parent Information Website
http://dynamiclearningmaps.org/content/information-parents

 

Grades 6-8 Assessments:

Assessment

Type of Assessment

Quick Links

ACCESS

Summative

WIDA Website
https://www.wida.us/assessment/ACCESS/#about

STAR Reading, STAR Math

Formative

Parent’s Guide to STAR Assessments English
http://doc.renlearn.com/KMNet/R0054872491706A8.pdf

Parent’s Guide to STAR Assessments Spanish
http://doc.renlearn.com/KMNet/R00548741EC4CC7C.pdf

CMAS: Science/Social Studies

Summative

Colorado Department of Education Assessment FAQ Website
http://www.cde.state.co.us/communications/factsheetsandfaqs-assessment#faq

CMAS: PARCC Math, ELA

Summative

PARCC Parent Resources Website
http://parcconline.org/resources/parent-resources

Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM)

Summative

Parent Information Website
http://dynamiclearningmaps.org/content/information-parents

CogAT

Summative

CogAT Website
http://www.riversidepublishing.com/products/cogAt/details.html

 

Grades 9-12 Assessments:

Assessment

Type of Assessment

Quick Links

ACCESS

Summative

WIDA Website
https://www.wida.us/assessment/ACCESS/#about

STAR Reading, STAR Math

Formative

Parent’s Guide to STAR Assessments English
http://doc.renlearn.com/KMNet/R0054872491706A8.pdf

Parent’s Guide to STAR Assessments Spanish
http://doc.renlearn.com/KMNet/R00548741EC4CC7C.pdf

Advanced Placement

Summative

College Board Resources for Parents Website
https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/exploreap/for-parents

CMAS: Science/Social Studies

Summative

Colorado Department of Education Assessment FAQ Website
http://www.cde.state.co.us/communications/factsheetsandfaqs-assessment#faq

CMAS: PARCC Math, ELA

Summative

PARCC Parent Resources Website
http://parcconline.org/resources/parent-resources

Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM)

Summative

Parent Information Website
http://dynamiclearningmaps.org/content/information-parents

PSAT/SAT

Summative

College Board Website
https://www.collegeboard.org/

Results

  • CELA Results
  • TCAP Results

 

Conducting Research in Adams 14

Thank you for your interest in conducting research in Adams County School District 14. Adams 14 regularly partners with universities and research organizations to conduct and author studies that advance the mission and vision of the district. The procedures for submitting a research proposal are outlined in the “Guide to Conducting Research in Adams 14” document. The Research Review Committee oversees the research proposal review process. The committee is composed of the Director of Assessment & Technology and the Research and Assessment Analyst, in conjunction with content area experts and senior leaders within the district. All requests to conduct research must go through the process outlined in the guide. If you have any questions surrounding the research approval process, please contact Aaron Diel, Research and Assessment Analyst with Adams 14. Approval from the Research Review Committee is required prior to beginning any research related activities within the district.

Teresa Hernandez

Teresa Hernandez

Director of Assessment and Technology
303.853.3234

thernandez@adams14.org
 
Kelly Berry

Heidi Shaw

Assessment coordinator
303.853.3215

hshaw@adams14.org
 
Yvonne Hauke

Yvonne Hauke

Reporting and Enrollment Coordinator
303.853.3255

ydhauke@adams14.org
 
Aaron Diel

Aaron Diel

Research Analyst
adiel@adams14.org
 
Nicki Chappell

Nicki Chappell

Assessment and Data Specialist
303.853.3262

nmchappell@adams14.org
 
 
Diana Moya

Diana Moya

Administrative Assistant
303.853.3225
 
Daniel Archuleta

Daniel Archuleta

Manager of Strategy and Accountability
303.853.3242

darchuleta@adams14.org