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External Assessments

In addition to teacher created tests, quizzes, and final exams - students at CVCHS take several assessments per year to measure their growth and progress. These are "external" assessments, meaning that they are not specific to our student's courses but are both aligned to state standards and nationally normed. Nationally normed exams are exams which tell us how our students compare, not just to their classmates, but to students nationwide who take the same assessment. Please review the information below to learn more about the assessments that we use.
 
NWEA MAP Growth Exam:  
In August, November/December, and May, your student will take the MAP® Growth™ test from NWEA®. Tests will be given in the areas of Math, Science, Reading, and English Language. The students will test in their math, science, history and English courses. If a student does not have a math or science course, they will not take the exam in those subjects.
 
Why MAP? As a charter, we must rely on multiple measures of data--including data from external tests--to show that we are meeting the needs of our students. The MAP® Growth™ assessments give our school critical data to help us use our time and resources effectively to improve student learning.
 
How is MAP data used in the classroom? MAP® Growth™ scores help teachers check student performance by measuring achievement and growth. Teachers use results to tailor classroom lessons and set goals for students. Since MAP® Growth™ tests provide immediate and accurate information about your child’s learning, it’s easy for teachers to identify students with similar scores that are generally ready for instruction in similar skills and topics, and then plan instruction accordingly. 
 
How does it work? MAP® Growth™ tests are unique, and it adapts to your student's responses to measure your student’s skill level. If your student answers a question correctly, the next question is more challenging. If they answer incorrectly, the next one is easier. These results will provide a more complete picture of what your student knows and is ready to learn—whether it is on, above, or below their grade level.
 
How are students measured? MAP® Growth™ exams are nationally normed, standards based assessments. This means that student scores provide typical growth data for students who are in the same grade, subject and have the same starting performance level. Scores reports include percentiles, allowing you to see your student's achievement level as well as growth over time as they take the assessment throughout the year. 
 
For more information about MAP Growth, visit NWEA.org/familytoolkit.
 
Pre-ACT Exam:
In October, 10th grade students take the Pre-ACT exam. The Pre-ACT consists of English, mathematics, reading, and science with an approximate run time of 3 hours, 30 minutes (with pre-administration instructions included in that timeframe). It has the same formats, directions, sample questions, and question types as the American College Test (ACT), which many  students  take  as  a  college  entrance  examination.  The Pre-ACT provides excellent preparation for taking the ACT; in addition, schools use the results to aid instructional and program planning. 
 
For more information about the Pre-ACT, visit Pre-ACT at a glance.
 
PSAT Exam:
In October, 11th grade students take the PSAT exam. The PSAT consists of critical reading, mathematics, and writing sections with an approximate run time of 3 hours, 40 minutes (with pre-administration instructions included in that timeframe). It has the same formats, directions, sample questions, and question types as the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT), which many  students  take  as  a  college  entrance  examination.  The PSAT provides excellent preparation for taking the SAT; in addition, schools use the results to aid instructional and program planning. 
 
For more information about the PSAT, please visit the PSAT website.