DSA Seniors and Senior Families
As you may or may not know, the 2013-2014 school year is the last year for Colorado TCAP testing. Starting in 2014-2015, all Colorado students will switch to an online format for all state testing. Seniors will be part of future state testing in science and social studies starting in the 2014-2015 school year. The current name of this science and social studies test is CMAS. The English and math tests are currently called PARCC.
In order to prepare for next year, three DPS high schools were selected to pilot the senior social studies and science tests this fall: DSA, GW and DSST Stapleton.
The purpose of the testing is two fold:
1) To see how the online testing format works. What challenges will schools face? How long does it take the seniors to complete the test online? Do the new online tools create challenges for the students?
2) Field test the questions. This will be the first time seniors are tested for state purposes. Do the questions adequately address the state standards? How do the students do on each question? (too hard? too easy?) CDE will determine the answers to #2 – not DPS or DSA.
The results of this pilot test will NOT follow the student anywhere. The results will go to CDE and DPS for study. Results will not be part of the student’s transcript (like TCAP testing). This is solely a pilot.
Just like CSAP/TCAP testing, there is a testing window. DSA is going to pilot test social studies on October 28th and science on October 29th. This is a one shot test. There will be no makeup tests. Each day the testing time will be 90 minutes. (This is also being piloted. Is 90 minutes too long/too short?)
Seniors will be placed into a testing room during the 2nd block (9:10 – 10:40), the 3rd block (10:45 – 12:15) or the 4th block (1:05 – 2:35). There will be no testing during first block (7:35 – 9:05).
Monday = social studies
Tuesday = science
Please look at the schedule to find out the block you will test each day. This will have a minimal impact on seniors’ academic time: one period on Monday and one period on Tuesday. You will test during the same block each day. For example, if you are testing science during period 5 on Monday (10:45 – 12:15), you will be testing social studies period 6 on Tuesday (10:45 – 12:15). Please see the schedule to find out when/where you will test.
Just like TCAP, students are not allowed to leave testing early. Bring a book, homework, reading with you. Once you submit your test online, the system will not allow you to go back and check answers.
Miss Odom will meet with all seniors in the Concert Hall from 2:15 pm – 2:35 on Wednesday, Oct 23rd. She will show seniors an example online test so seniors will know what to expect the following week.
We hope you support our effort to pilot this new online format. We appreciate our student’s support and look forward to their feedback.
William M. Kohut