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District Assessments

Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)

MAP Growth is an online test in English language arts and mathematics available for students in grades 3 through 10. MAP also offers science tests and a MAP Growth test for primary grades (K-2) which is given in some schools. The difficulty of the questions on the MAP assessments adjust depending on how each student answers prior questions, allowing the tests to be tailored to each student's level and helping to pinpoint individual student instructional needs. MAP is administered in the Fall, Winter, and Spring, providing real-time information throughout the school year about a student's achievement and growth.


Acadience helps to monitor the development of early literacy skills of our early elementary students through short (one-three minute) measures. It is designed for use in identifying children experiencing difficulty in acquisition of basic early literacy skills in order to provide early support and prevent the later occurrence of reading difficulties. This test is required from kindergarten through third grade, and can be used as needed at grades four through six.  This assessment is also used to meet the Colorado READ Act requirements.  


Jeffco Formative Assessment Process - Kindergarten EArly Assessment (KeA)

The K-3 Formative Assessment Process, which includes the Kindergarten Early Assessment, helps teachers and families gain an ongoing understanding of the strengths and needs of each child as a way to help ensure that each child reaches his or her greatest potential.  The information gathered from this assessment during the first 60 days of kindergarten creates a snapshot of each child's learning development in key areas, enabling future instruction to be tailored to each child's specific needs.

Teaching Strategies GOLD

Teaching Strategies GOLD is an observational tool used in preschool. This tool helps teachers observe each child and gather information on his or her unique thinking, reasoning and language abilities, social-emotional well-being, and ability to understand reading and math concepts. With this information, teachers are able to match how they teach to the individual learning needs of each child. Teaching Strategies GOLD provides many predictors of future school success.

Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)

In Jeffco, we administer the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT 7) as a universal screener for all 2nd graders at all district schools.

A universal screener is a way to systematically identify exceptional potential and hidden talent among all populations at a given grade level, including English Language learners, students with special needs and those who may not be achieving on other traditional academic measures. Using a universal screener is considered a best practice in the field of gifted education. Jeffco typically administers the CogAT to 2nd graders in October.

More information about the CogAT test can be found on the Jeffco Gifted and Talented page.

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