Explanation of Tests

  • Local Assessments

    CBMreading (Curriculum-Based Measurement for Reading) is an evidence-based, one-minute assessment used for universal screening in English or Spanish (Grades 1-8), and for frequent progress monitoring (Grades 1-12). It is a simple and efficient procedure. CBM reading is a robust indicator of reading development and a useful predictor of student performance on state tests. CBMreading is an index of word reading efficiency, which is an important ability that facilitates reading comprehension. Students who read a grade-level passage with efficiency are better able to use their cognitive resources to comprehend while reading.

    earlyReading assessments are comprised of 12 sub-tests.  FastBridge recommends only four specific sub-tests to be given in a testing window. The composite varies from fall, winter, or spring, per grade level to best match reading skill development and reliably assess risk. The composite is typically completed in 5-10 minutes per student.  The 12 different sub-tests are listed below:

    • Concepts of Print
    • Onset Sounds
    • Letter Names
    • Letter Sounds
    • Word Rhyming
    • Word Blending
    • Word Segmenting
    • Sight Word Reading
    • Decodable Word Reading
    • Nonsense Word Reading- Sentence Reading
    • Oral Language (Sentence Repetition)

    aReading (Adaptive Reading) is a computer-administered adaptive measure of broad reading that is individualized for each student, but may be individually or group administered in about 15-30 minutes.  Items tap a variety of skills including concepts of print, phonemic awareness, phonics, comprehension, and vocabulary.  We utilize aReading as a screening assessment and will also progress monitor with select students.

    aMath (Adaptive Math) is a fully automated computer adaptive measure of broad math skills.  It is individualized for each student, but may be group administered.  Items tap a variety of skills including counting and cardinality, operations and algebraic thinking, number and operations in base ten, numbers and operations, measurement and data, and geometry.  This assessment is entirely used as a screener.

    State Assessments

    Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) are state tests in reading, mathematics, and science that are used to meet federal and state legislative requirements. The tests are administered every year to measure student performance relative to the Minnesota Academic Standards that specify what students in a particular grade should know and be able to do.

    The online Reading and Mathematics MCA are adaptive tests, which means that the test adjusts to each student’s responses.

    • For reading, the test adjusts at a passage level, so a student’s responses to a set of items for a passage determine the next group of passages and items a student will receive.
    • For mathematics, every time a student answers a question, his or her response helps determine the next question the student will answer.

    Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS) is an alternate assessment based on alternate achievement standards for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. It is part of the Minnesota assessment program.

    The MTAS measures reading, mathematics, and science skills that are linked to the general education curriculum. These skills represent high expectations for students with significant cognitive disabilities, but tasks to measure these skills are considerably less difficult than the items on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA).

    ACCESS for ELLs and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs are English language proficiency assessments used to meet federal and state legislative requirements. These assessments are used to monitor English learners’ progress as they develop academic language skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.


Prairie Woods Testing Calendar 201-

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