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State Assessments

"It's not about 'Do we test'; it's about making sure they are valid tests."

-DC State Superintendent of Education Jesús Aguirre

Information for Parents on DC Assessments

Announcements

Assessment Update for September 25, 2014

Mayor Gray Announces Continued Gains in Student Achievement on DC CAS Exam

Mayor Vincent C. Gray and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) today released statewide results for District public school students who participated in the 2014 District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC CAS). The results sustain the historic gains made in recent years and continue to show increases in student proficiency. Learn more

About State Assessments

The District of Columbia administers multiple assessments annually in accordance with DC and federal law. These districtwide assessments are an important source of data on students’ progress and proficiency relative to DC’s educational standards. In the 2014-15 school year, DC will begin transitioning to a system of Next Generation Assessments. These new assessments will be aligned to the Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and DC Standards. These assessments will also be technology- and computer- enhanced. This will be a major transition, but one that will allow DC students to demonstrate their knowledge in a more accurate and engaging way. The Next Generation Assessment transitions include:

  • 2014-2015

    • PARCC will replace the DC CAS Reading, Math and Composition
    • A new science exam aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards will replace the DC CAS Science
    • A new health exam will replace the DC CAS Health
    • NCSC will replace the DC CAS-Alt in ELA and Math for students with significant cognitive disabilities, while the Alt Science assessment will remain a portfolio based assessment for the 2014-15 school year.
  • 2015-2016

    • ASSETS will replace ACCESS as DC’s assessment of English Language Proficiency

Formative Assessments for Educators

Formative assessment or diagnostic testing is a range of formal and informal assessment procedures employed by teachers during the learning process in order to modify teaching and learning activities to improve student achievement. Starting in 2014-2015, OSSE plans to offer optional formative assessments, free of charge to schools.

Next Generation Assessment Stakeholder Meetings

Local Education Agency (LEA) representatives and other assessment stakeholders are invited to a monthly meeting to discuss policies and procedures around assessments. If you would like to be added to the distribution list for these meetings, email OSSE.assessment@dc.gov

DC CAS Results

DC CAS results for schools and LEAs are available on LearnDC.

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