About DC Comprehensive Assessment System (DC CAS)
The District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System, (DC CAS), assesses students on reading and math in grades 3-8 and 10, science in grades 5 and 8, biology in high school, and composition in grades 4, 7, and 10. DC CAS testing will take place from April 17-27, 2012. A smaller number of students with severe cognitive disabilities take the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System – Alternate Assessment (DC CAS-ALT).
The DC CAS is typically given from about 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. during the two week testing period. All students are expected to take the DC CAS, but if your child misses a day of testing, he or she will be scheduled to complete missing sessions during the planned Make-Up testing days. Typically, Make-Up days are held during the second scheduled week of DC CAS testing, but check with the main office of your child’s school for details.
The test has no negative impact for students. Test results are not used for report cards or promotion, but do help teachers understand what a child knows and where he or she may need additional help.
As a parent, you will receive a copy of your child’s 2012 DC CAS scores during the summer of 2012. If you need a copy of your child’s DC CAS scores from last year, please contact the main office of your child’s school. Scores are broken down into four levels. They are Advanced (the highest), Proficient, Basic and Below Basic (the lowest). The scores are used to measure how well your child understands grade level material, measure the effectiveness of school instruction, and monitor performance of schools and the school district.
About the DC Comprehensive Assessment System (DC CAS)
Additional Testing Areas
- Students in grades 4, 7, and 10 also take a composition test.
- Students in grades 5 and 8 also take the science test.
- Students in grades 9-12 who take biology take the biology test.
Management and Administration