Interim Assessments

Interim Assessments provide an additional tool for schools to evaluate student performance throughout the year, outside of regular state assessments.

According to the Colorado Department of Education, a balanced assessment system contains:

  • Formative assessments (quick checks for learning conducted by teachers throughout their class),
  • Interim assessments (more formal progress monitoring often conducted several times throughout the year to see how students are progressing), and
  • Summative assessments (end of course/unit, end of year assessments to find out what students know and can do).


Interim Assessment Analysis Reports

CSI provides individualized Interim Assessment Analysis Reports for any CSI school that would like a broader picture of their school's performance on interim assessments. These reports contain customized analyses that mirror the state's accountability system. CSI also provides one-on-one webinar trainings to help schools understand the various methods and analyses in their report.Schools can use these reports to evaluate areas of growth and take appropriate actions to lead to systemic improvements.

For questions on interim assessment analysis or to request a report for your school, please contact CSI's School Performance Analyst, Aislinn Walsh.

Interim Assessment Resources

Below is a list of resources collected by CSI for a variety of different assessment platforms.

CSI does not recommend or suggest any specific interim assessment platform for its schools. Each school should decide individually which assessment platform best serves student needs. 


For questions on these resources or to request additional resources for other assessment platforms, please contact CSI's School Performance Analyst, Aislinn Walsh.

Interim Assessment Platforms

Resources

Northwest Evaluation Association Measures of Academic Progress
NWEA MAP

Normative Data & RIT Scores: Provides an overview of resources about MAP data.
MAP Reports Reference: Offers guidance about pulling school reports from the provider. 
2015 NWEA MAP Growth Normative Data: Contextualizes student performance.
Additional Resources

Renaissance Learning
STAR

Giving Meaning to Test Scores: Provides an overview of how to interpret STAR results.
STAR 360 Reports: Offers guidance about pulling school reports from the provider. 
Student Growth Percentile in STAR Assessments: Contextualizes student growth.
Additional Resources

Curriculum Associates
i-Ready

i-Ready User, Teacher, & Parent Guides: Provides an overview for how to use i-Ready.
i-Ready Scale Score Placement Tables: Contextualizes student performance.
Additional Resources

University of Oregon
Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills
DIBELS

DIBELS 6th Edition Recommended Benchmark Goals: Contextualizes student performance.
DIBELS Next Recommended Benchmark Goals: Contextualizes student performance.
Additional Resources

To learn more about interim assessment tools, view CDE's assessment instrument descriptions
To learn about interim assessments and READ Act, consult CSI's READ Act page and 
CDE's READ Act page.