What are short-cycle assessments?

Short-cycle assessments are like mini-tests that help determine a student’s current knowledge in reading and math.  The BIG differences are that grades are not given for short-cycle assessments and you cannot “cram” for the assessment.  The assessments measure how well a student is reading and performing math at the beginning of the school year (BOY) and in the middle of the school (MOY).

 

Is this information shared with Parents?

Yes, a data report from each short-cycle assessment is sent home to parents.  It is important for parents to understand the information in the report and know how they can help improve their child's reading and math skills.  Dr. Flint and Mrs. Chavez host several parent nights a year to help parents understand the assessments and how parents can help support the classroom.  You may also schedule a time to meet with your child's teacher if you have any questions.

Each student also keeps a data folder, which contains the reports from all assessments so teachers and parents can recognize growth and areas for improvement at a glance.


Istation at home!!!

Hey K thru 2nd grade parents! Want to feel better about your kid playing on his/her device this weekend? Have them play AND learn with Istation at home. Your teacher will provide your student with login info for Istation at home. Please contact your child’s teacher if you need login info (user name should be 's' plus your child's student ID number and the password is your students ID number).  

 
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HOW DOES IT WORK? Once you down load the app and login, click on the back pack icon where your child's teacher has placed activities for them to work on. 

Wa-la!


 Currently, Gonzales students take the following short-cycle assessments:

   Kindergarten - Istation for Reading* - MAP for Math**

   1st Grade - Istation for Reading* - MAP for Math**

   2nd Grade - Istation for Reading* - MAP for Math**

   3rd Grade**** - Istation for Reading* - MAP for Math**

   4th Grade**** - MAP for Math, Reading, ELA (English language arts) and Science** - SBA for Science***

   5th Grade**** - MAP for Math, Reading and ELA (English language arts)**

   6th Grade**** - MAP for Math, Reading and ELA (English language arts)**

   7th Grade**** - MAP for Math, Reading, ELA (English language arts) and Science**- SBA for Science***

   8th Grade**** - MAP for Math, Reading and ELA (English language arts)**

*Istation is administered in August/September and January

**MAP is administered in August/September and January

***SBA is administered in March

****3rd thru 8th grade students take the PARCC test every spring. The PARCC is not a short-cycle assessment. Read more about PARCC

These assessments are “brands” of short-cycle assessments that are available to schools across the country.  The New Mexico Department of Public Education (NMPED) requires that all school districts in the state of New Mexico assess their students on a regular basis.  This enables educators to determine how well students are learning and make necessary adjustments in real time.

Currently, the “brand” of assessments is determined by each school district.  SFPS decides which “brand” our students will use.  

 

Why do our students take short-cycle assessments?

The simple answer is to collect data.

As technology improves and changes, short-cycle assessments have been developed to determine how well students are learning and make teaching adjustments based on that data.

The data collected during a short-cycle assessment helps teachers and parents determine if a student is learning at, above or below grade level and make necessary adjustments in real time.

Along with a student’s academic class work, teachers then use this data to develop lesson plans and place students in a Differentiated Instruction Group (DIG).  If they know a student is reading below grade level, their teacher can give them extra help or refer them to another teacher for extra help.  The same applies for students performing above grade level.

The data, along with academic class work helps identify how well a student is learning so they may learn at the best of their ability.

 

How do students take short-cycle assessments?

Students take short-cycle on desktop computers and Chrome books.  All of the assessments are web-based and each student receives a private-secure account that can only be accessed by the school.

The length of each assessment varies, but does not exceed 20 minutes each time.

Special accommodations are made for students with recognized needs.  Please speak with your child’s classroom teacher if you believe your child will benefit with a special accommodation.

 

When do students take short-cycle assessments?

The time of day varies for each class and each test.  Please check with your child’s teacher before scheduling a planned absence, such as doctor’s appointments, etc.

Istation is administered in August/September and January

MAP is administered in August/September and January

SBA is administered in March

 

Who should I talk to about my child’s assessments?

It’s always recommended that you start every conversation with your child’s classroom teacher.  Your child’s classroom teacher will provide you with answers to your questions or direct you to the proper person.  If your child’s classroom teacher is not able to provide you with the information you need or you feel that your question has not been completely answered, please contact Ms. Chavez, Assistant Principal.

Please remember to schedule an appointment with teachers and administrators.  You may find their email address on our Teachers and Staff page.