State Assessment Policies
State assessment system
State and federal law requires the School to administer standardized assessments in the instructional areas of English language arts, math and science. State law also requires the School to administer standardized assessments in the instructional area of social studies. Accordingly, the School shall administer standardized assessments pursuant to these state and federal legal requirements.
State law also requires the School to adopt policies and/or procedures concerning the use of pencil and paper on the computerized portion of state assessments; parent requests to excuse their children from taking state assessments; and the School’s assessment calendar. This policy represents the School’s plans and processes to address these requirements.
We welcome your continued feedback on these policies.
1. Paper and Pencil Format Policy
Considering the following factors and in consultation with staff and parents, MSCS will conduct state assessments in paper-pencil format:
- technology is not a central part of the Waldorf curriculum used
- limited computer resources for computer-based assessments
- the benefit of students taking assessments in the educational environment they are most comfortable and familiar with, ie. the classroom
For students with disabilities, the use of pencil and paper or a computer to complete a state assessment shall be determined by the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) team or Section 504 team, in accordance with applicable law.
2. Parent Opt-Out Policy
A parent/guardian who wishes to exempt his or her child from a particular state assessment or assessments shall make this request in accordance with this policy’s accompanying regulation, The Opt Out Request Procedure.
Neither students nor parents/guardians will be penalized or subject to any negative consequences for electing to opt out of state assessments, including (but not limited to): prohibition from any in-school or extracurricular activities, and/or requiring opt out students to remain at home during testing.
This policy’s exemption process shall apply only to state assessments (CMAS Science and Social Studies, ELA, and Math) and shall not apply to School or classroom assessments, including READ Act, School Readiness and NWEA MAP assessments.
Please consider that even though you as a parent have the right to opt your child out of the state assessments, Mountain Song’s survival requires a high level of participation in the assessments. The school must achieve the at least a 95% participation rating in the assessments in order to maintain its standing with the state.
Opt Out Request Procedure
To opt a student out of the state assessments, return the following form, completed, to the school office. The form can also be requested from the school office. Opt-out notices will be collected and maintained by the Assessment Coordinator.
3. Assessment Calendar
The assessment calendar for the 2020/2021 school year can be found here:
C.R.S. 22-7-1006.3 (1) (state assessment implementation schedule) C.R.S. 22-7-1006.3 (1)(d) (School must report to district and CDE the number of students who will take the state assessment in a pencil and paper format)
C.R.S. 22-7-1006.3 (8)(a) (policy required to ensure explanation of student state assessment results)
C.R.S. 22-7-1013 (1) (academic standards)
C.R.S. 22-7-1013 (6) (policy required regarding the use of pencil and paper on state assessments)
C.R.S. 22-7-1013 (7) (procedure required concerning distribution of assessment calendar to parents/guardians)
C.R.S. 22-7-1013 (8) (policy and procedure required to allow parents to excuse their children from participation in state assessments)
C.R.S. 22-11-101 et seq. (Education Accountability Act of 2009)
C.R.S. 22-11-504 (3) (policy required to ensure explanation of
student state assessment results and longitudinal growth information)