Assessment


At Harmony Ridge, the primary purpose of assessments are to inform teachers and students about strengths and areas of growth to tailor educational experiences to best meet the needs of each and every child. Though some assessments provide summative data (growth and achievement), most support our school in appropriately programming for student success and identifying next steps with instruction.

Local Assessments

  • iReady Diagnostic: Reading and Math diagnostic assessment given 3 times a year to identify specific student needs in both math and reading. Approximate length of test (45-90 minutes)

  • Interim Assessments: Quarterly formative assessments used to analyze student gaps and develop action/reteach plans to respond to student misconceptions (45-60 minutes)

State Assessments

  • CMAS (Colorado Measures of Academic Success): All students in grades 3-8 complete math and literacy assessments. Science is administered in grades 5 and 8 where Social Studies is administered in grades 4 and 7 to select schools on a 3-year rotation). Test lengths vary depending on subject.

  • CoAlt (Colorado Alternative Assessment) Given to students who do not take CMAS due to a specific disability.

National Assessments

  • ACCESS for ELLs (ACCESS) is the collective name for WIDA's suite of summative English language proficiency assessments. ACCESS is taken annually by English language learners in Kindergarten through Grade 12 in WIDA Consortium member states. This provides schools with information regarding proficiency in the English language for students whose native language is not English.

  • GT universal Screening (CogAT): The CogAT is the Cognitive Abilities Test given in 2nd s and 7th grade to identify gifted and talented students.

  • TS Gold (Teaching Strategies Gold): School readiness assessment given throughout the year in Prek and Kindergarten. This measures student readiness in Social-emotional, Physical, Cognitive, Language, Literacy, and Math.

  • KEA (Kindergarten Entry Assessment): This diagnostic helps identify what students already know as they enter kindergarten including dispositions toward learning.