CSD Local Assessments
Universal Screener for ELA, Math & SEL
Universal screening is a critical first step in identifying students who are at risk for experiencing reading difficulties, and who might need more time in instruction or different instruction altogether. Screening is conducted to identify or predict students who may be at risk for poor learning outcomes. Universal screening assessments are typically brief and conducted with all students from a grade level. They are followed by additional testing or short-term progress monitoring to corroborate students’ risk status. CSD’s universal screening is used for English Language Arts, Mathematics, and for Social and Behavior assessment. For more information about CSD’s universal screening from FASTBridge visit https://www.fastbridge.org/solutions/solutions-screening/.
Education Software for Guiding Instruction (ESGI)
ESGI is a web-based assessment and reporting system used primarily for Kindergarten to track student mastery of letters, sounds, sight words, number sense, and more. This assessment is administered 3 times per year.
ELA/Literacy & Mathematics Formative Assessment
ELA/Literacy & Mathematics Formative Assessments are curriculum-based local assessments administered in 1st through 8th grade.
Interim Assessment Blocks (IABs)
Interim Assessment Blocks (IABs) focus on smaller sets of targets and therefore provide more detailed information for instructional purposes. The IABs yield overall information for each block. For more information about IABs visit https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/sbacinterimassess.asp.
Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA)
The DRA is a standardized reading test used to determine a student’s instructional level in reading. The DRA is administered individually to students by teachers and/or reading specialists. Students read a selection (or selections) and then retell what they have read to the examiner. As the levels increase, so does the difficulty level for each selection.
Writing Performance-Based Assessment (Writing PBAs)
Writing PBAs are on-demand performance assessments for each of the three genres- narrative, information, and opinion. Students in grades TK-5 are assessed in a fixed period of time with a pre-assessment and then a post-assessment for each genre. Therefore the writing pieces can be assessed to track student progress over the genres and school year, starting from the baseline piece of writing.
Math Performance-Based Assessment (MARS)
These formative performance-based assessment tasks were designed by the Mathematics Assessment Resource Service (MARS), a project of UC Berkeley, Michigan State, and the Shell Centre in Nottingham England. The tasks provide a platform for professional development in schools and districts as they implement the Common Core State Standards. The tasks can be used to promote discussion about student work and real performance data.