The following assessment calendar shows the first semester schedule of required testing from Jeffco Schools and the Colorado Department of Education. Each of these assessments help to inform instruction so that students get just right instruction, right when they need it. The data is utilized by teachers to intentionally plan differentiated instruction in the area assessed.
2016 CMAS/PARCC Testing Schedule for Ralston
DIBELS Next - DIBELS stands for Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills, and is comprised of six measures that function as indicators of the essential skills that every child must master to become a proficient reader. The DIBELS® measures are brief (most take one minute to administer), and are used to regularly monitor the development of early literacy and early reading skills. DIBELS was designed for use in identifying children experiencing difficulty in the acquisition of basic early literacy skills, in order to provide support early and prevent the occurrence of later reading difficulties. https://dibels.org/dibelsnext.html
MAP - https://www.nwea.org/assessments/map/ Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) creates a personalized assessment experience by adapting to each student’s learning level—precisely measuring student progress and growth for each individual.
CogAT - CogAT reflects the most up-to-date research on how best to measure cognitive abilities and learning styles. Lead author Dr. David F. Lohman, an internationally recognized abilities assessment researcher and winner of the National Association of Gifted Children's Paper of the Decade, has built on the strengths of the test by introducing a variety of enhancements, including new item types, a reduced language load to make the instrument even more appropriate for ELL children, an expanded instructor support package, a choice of methods of administration, and more. http://www.riversidepublishing.com/products/cogAT7/learnmore.html