Grading and Assessment

Douglas County supports a balanced assessment approach.  Teachers collect various forms of assessments throughout the school year to monitor each student’s progress against the District's Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum for each subject for each grade level.  Parents are kept informed of their child’s progress through the Elementary Progress Report, which comes out once a semester (twice a year).

Classroom Assessment

Teachers use a variety of formal and informal measures to assess student needs and guide their instruction.  These include, but are not limited to, reading inventories, unit tests, writing samples, and performance based assessments.  Teachers collect student work to compile a Body of Evidence (BOE) in the areas of reading, writing, math, the 4 C's and 21st century skills.  Teachers use the Elementary Progress Report (EPR) to communicate with students and parents about proficiency in these areas, as well as 21st century learning skills (work habits, communication, collaboration, and behavior expectations).  

Literacy Assessment

Students at each grade level receive ongoing reading assessments to ensure that they are reading at grade level or above.  For those students who are not reading at grade level, a READ plan is put in place to provide additional support from home and school to help meet grade-level proficiencies.  

Progress Reports

The Douglas County Elementary Progress Report (EPR) represents a summary of student performance in academics, work habits, and study skills.  Its primary purpose is to inform parents of their child’s progress two times per year in five curriculum areas:  Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Social Studies and Science. In addition, their child’s behavior in the classroom and skills which contribute in a positive manner to teaching and learning are reported.  Each curriculum area has several World Class Outcomes which are evaluated through a variety of assessments to determine proficiency.  A numeric scale is used to reflect student knowledge and progress toward the outcomes.

Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP)

The state of Colorado has an assessment program to monitor individual students and school districts in the implementation of their standards.  In elementary school, students in grades third-sixth complete assessments in reading, writing, and math.  Fifth graders also complete a science assessment.  Individual TCAP results are shared with students, mailed to parents, and monitored by teachers.  The school uses the data to develop Unified Improvement Plan goals.