State Assessment

kid taking a test

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 CMAS are the backbone of the state's accountability system. The state uses CMAS 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 Mandated Testing 2022:

DCSD Assessment Policy (Board File)
2021-2022 District Assessment Dates

State Assessment Excusal Form Walkthrough Parent/Guardian

HB15-1323



Mesa Middle School - CMAS Schedule 2021-22

(Testing schedule subject to change)


 

Overview of Testing Schedule:

March 29, 30 & 31:  6th Grade ELA (English Language Arts) & Math 

7th & 8th Grade Regular Black Schedule/Regular Lunch Schedule (ALL day)


April 5, 6 & 7:  7th Grade ELA & Math

6th & 8th Grade Regular Black Schedule/Regular Lunch Schedule (ALL day)


April 12, 13, 14 & 19:  8th Grade ELA, Math & Science 

6th & 7th Grade Regular Black Schedule/Regular Lunch Schedule (ALL day)

Week by Week Schedule:

WEEK 1: 6th Grade Testing - 7th and 8th Regular Black Schedule


Morning

Mid-day

Afternoon

Monday

March 28

NO TESTING

Regular Black Schedule

NO TESTING

Regular Black Schedule

NO TESTING

Regular Black Schedule

Tuesday

March 29

ELA 6 Unit 1 

110 minutes

Team Time

 & Lunch

Math 6 Unit 1

65 minutes

Wednesday

March 30

ELA 6 Unit 2 

110 minutes

Team Time

 & Lunch

Math 6 Unit 2

65 minutes

Thursday

March 31

ELA 6 Unit 3 

110 minutes

Team Time

 & Lunch

Math 6 Unit 3

65 minutes

Friday

April 1

Make-up Testing

Lunch

Make-up Testing


WEEK 2: 7th Grade Testing - 6th and 8th Regular Black Schedule


Morning

Mid-day

Afternoon

Monday

April 4

NO TESTING

Regular Black Schedule

NO TESTING

Regular Black Schedule

NO TESTING

Regular Black Schedule

Tuesday

April 5

ELA 7 Unit 1

110 minutes

Team Time

 & Lunches

Math 7 Unit 1

65 minutes

Wednesday

April 6

ELA 7 Unit 2 

110 minutes

Team Time

 & Lunches

Math 7 Unit 2

65 minutes

Thursday

April 7

ELA 7 Unit 3

110 minutes

Team Time

 & Lunches

Math 7 Unit 3

65 minutes

Friday

April 8

Make-up Testing

Lunch

Make-up Testing



WEEK 3: 8th Grade Testing - 6th and 7th Regular Black Schedule


Morning

Mid-day

Afternoon

Monday

April 11

NO TESTING

Regular Black Schedule

NO TESTING

Regular Black Schedule

NO TESTING

Regular Black Schedule

Tuesday

April 12

ELA 8 Unit 1 

110 minutes

Team Time

 & Lunch

Math 8 Unit 1

65 minutes

Wednesday

April 13

ELA 8 Unit 2 

110 minutes

Team Time

 & Lunch

Math 8 Unit 2

65 minutes

Thursday

April 14

ELA 8 Unit 3 

110 minutes

Team Time

 & Lunch

Math 8 Unit 3

65 minutes

Friday

April 15

Make-up Testing

Lunch

Make-up Testing


WEEK 4: 8th Grade Science Testing & Make-Up Testing - 6th, 7th, and 8th 


Morning

Mid-day

Afternoon

Monday

April 18

NO TESTING

Regular Black Schedule

NO TESTING

Regular Black Schedule

NO TESTING

Regular Black Schedule

Tuesday

April 19

Science 8 Units 1 & 2

80 minutes each=160

Team Time

 & Lunch

Science 8 Unit 3

80 minutes

Wednesday

April 20

Make-up Testing

Lunches

Make-up Testing

Thursday

April 21

Make-up Testing

Lunches

Make-up Testing

Friday

April 22

No School

Teacher Comp Day

No Testing 

Teacher Comp Day

No Testing

Teacher Comp Day


WEEK 5: Make-Up Testing - 6th, 7th, and 8th Regular Black Schedule


Morning

Mid-day

Afternoon

Monday

April 25

No School

Staff PD Day

No School

Staff PD Day

No School

Staff PD Day

Tuesday

April 26

Make-up Testing

Lunches

Make-up Testing

Wednesday

April 27

Make-up Testing

Lunches

Make-up Testing

Thursday

28

Coding &

Prep for Processing

Coding &

Prep for Processing

Coding &

Prep for Processing

Friday

29

Coding &

Prep for Processing

Coding &

Prep for Processing

Coding &

Prep for Processing


Monday

May 2

CMAS Processing Day 8:45-9:05 a.m.

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If you are a parent/guardian requesting a paper version of the assessment-please email Mesa's Assessment Coordinator, Ann Halcromb, at [email protected] by December 3, 2021.