Assessment Glossary 

Major assessments administered by DCPS


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Unit Assessments (formerly Paced Interim Assessments (PIA))

The DCPS Unit Assessments cover standards included in each unit as listed in the DCPS scope and sequence documents. These assessments show what knowledge and skills students have mastered, and where instructional time and resources need to be focused.

The Unit Assessments are administered six times a year in English Language Arts and Mathematics for students in grades 2 – 8, and those enrolled in high school courses that correspond to English I, English II, Algebra I, and Geometry. Included in the six administrations is one Pretest, Unit Test 1 to 5. 

These interim assessments are a combination of multiple choice questions and performance based tasks. They are administered online and incorporate interactive and technology enhanced items. Second grade students will take both ELA and Math in paper/pencil mode. 

Learn more about DCPS scope and sequence »

Achievement Network Assessment (ANet)

The Achievement Network (ANet) Assessment is another type of paced interim assessment, used at approximately one-sixth of schools in DCPS. It is aligned to the ANet Schedule of Assessed Standards and administered four times a year to students in grades 3 to 8. All four assessment cycles are administered prior to the state summative assessment, DC CAS.

National Assessment Educational Progress (NAEP)

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) or The Nation’s Report Card is the largest continuing and nationally representative assessment of what our nation’s students know and can do on core subjects like mathematics, reading, science and writing.

The results of the NAEP, assessed biannually, are used to assess progress and develop ways to improve education in the United States.

More information on NAEP can be found in OSSE’s website »

Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS)

Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) assesses students' foundational reading skills in grades K-5. The DIBELS assessments are designed to be short fluency measures used to regularly monitor the development of early literacy and early reading skills, and are comprised of seven measures to function as indicators of phonemic awareness, alphabetic principle, accuracy and fluency with connected text, reading comprehension, and vocabulary. 

School-wide Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI)

The School-wide Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) is a reading assessment test that assesses students' reading levels and helps teachers adjust instruction according to students' needs, track students' reading growth over time, and match readers to text. Scholastic Reading Inventory is for all students in grades 6-10 and is administered school-wide each year at the beginning and end of the year.

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)

What is PARCC?

The new PARCC assessment will replace the DC CAS in the 2014-2015 school year. The PARCC assessment is aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English Language Arts (reading & writing) and Math. It is computer-based and requires students to think critically and solve real world problems. PARCC stands for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career.  This new assessment will give students, parents and teachers specific feedback about whether or not students are on track or off track for college and career and what extra support they need.

DCPS students in grades 3-8 and students enrolled in Algebra I, Geometry, and English I & II will take the PARCC assessment.

Read more about PARCC and helpful resources for parents and students here.

The National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) Alternate Assessment

In SY 2014-2015, the National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) will replace DC CAS-Alt in Math and ELA/Literacy.

The National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) Alternate Assessment is an assessment based on alternate achievement standards (AA-AAS), and addresses curriculum, instruction, and assessment needs of students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. It allows  TT students to demonstrate their performance towards achieving the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) at reduced depth, breadth, and complexity. The NCSC will test in grades 3-8 and 11 in reading, writing, and math.

NCSC assessment is a computer based assessment and will be administered within 6 weeks in the Spring.

More information on the NCSC Alt Assessment visit here and here.

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