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Amy Siegel
Carolyn Lee
  • Acadicence Reading (DIBELS)
  • Kindergarten Testing
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  • Reading Inventory
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Reports

Testing

Students

Students in the Davis School District take various tests throughout the year based on their grade level. The results from the state/district tests provide insights into the academic development of students.

 

 

 

 

Parent Request to Exempt Student

About

At the request of a student’s parent or guardian, a school shall excuse a student from taking a statewide assessment or certain District administered assessments.  The statewide assessments and District administered assessments to which opt out provisions apply are listed on the Davis District Standardized Assessment Opt Out Form.  

Any assessment not listed on the Davis District Standardized Assessment Opt Out Form is not open to the same exemption provisions and protection from consequences.  The consequences of taking or failing assessments not listed on the Davis District Standardized Assessment Opt Out Form shall be governed by the applicable District, school, or class policy.

The process for a parent or guardian to exempt their children from an assessment is provided by Utah Administrative Code R277-404-6.C.  A school or educator may not impose additional procedures to exercise this right nor may any penalty or adverse consequences be imposed upon the student.  

A parent desiring to exempt their student from statewide (or certain District) administered assessment(s) shall annually complete the Davis School

District Standardized Assessment Opt Out Form and provide it to the responsible school administrator a minimum of one (1) day prior to the administration of the assessment.

School grading, educator evaluation, and student progress reports or grades may not be negatively impacted by students excused from taking a statewide assessment. Additionally, no school or employee may reward a student for merely taking a statewide assessment or a District assessment listed on the Davis District Standardized Assessment Opt Out Form.

Testing opt-out Q&A document for parents

Davis District standardized assessment opt-out form 


The Utah State Board of Education publishes an approved parental exclusion form for statewide assessments.  One for elementary statewide assessments and one for secondary statewide assessments.

The Davis School District publishes a Standardized Assessment Opt Out Form which includes all the elements of the state form but also includes additional District tests to which opt out provisions apply.  Either form will be accepted, but the District encourages the use of the District form (linked above).

Parental exclusion from state assessments (form)

Effect of Opting Out

A student who opts out of an assessment will not receive a score for that assessment. Opting out of an assessment will not negatively affect a student’s grade, nor will it affect the opportunities students have for participation in a full range of academic programs and services. As an exception, 12th-grade students who opt out of the civics test (which is required by state law for graduation) will not be eligible to receive a high school diploma. Standardized test scores are frequently used to determine placement in advanced courses/programs and to identify specific instructional needs of students. If a student opts out of testing, no score will exist to support these decisions, so parents will need to work closely with educators to ensure that students have access to everything they need to be successful.

Forms

Demonstration of Proficiency in Course Standards

About

Davis School District shall reasonably accommodate a parent’s or guardian’s request to allow a student’s demonstration of proficiency on a statewide summative assessment (RISE or Utah ASPIRE Plus) to fulfill a requirement or partial course requirement in a course.

1.       These guidelines apply to secondary students in English, Math, and Science courses possessing a course requirement that is reasonable and well-aligned to the performance outcomes on the assigned statewide summative assessment.

2.       The process for implementation at each school will be determined by school administrators in consultation with educators of statewide tested courses; subject to approval by the Assessment Director.

3.       The District recommends that these guidelines be implemented similarly for all participating educators of a specific course within a school.

4.       Participating educators of statewide tested courses must include in their course disclosure wording similar to the statement below, as approved by the principal of the school.

“At the written request of a student’s parent/guardian, a graded course requirement or partial requirement can be fulfilled (or marked complete/proficient) if a student demonstrates proficiency on the statewide summative assessment for this course.  To facilitate this request, a form will be sent to each student’s parent or guardian to request that his/her student’s demonstration of proficiency on the statewide summative assessment fulfill a course requirement in this course.
The course requirement which can be fulfilled (or marked complete/proficient) for this course is _______________________________________________ (here the educator inserts a description of the selected course requirement or partial course requirement to be fulfilled by demonstration of proficiency on the statewide summative assessment.)”

5.       Participating educators will send a form to parents to gather needed information on parent requests.  A template will be provided by the District Assessment Department. (link below)

6.       Parents should submit the completed form to the educator of the student’s tested course before the testing window opens.

7.       Participating educators are responsible to collect and maintain parent request forms and make gradebook determinations accordingly.

8.       Scores from the statewide summative assessment are not entered into the gradebook to determine a course grade.  Rather completion of one course requirement (or part of one course requirement) may be fulfilled by a proficient score on the statewide summative assessment.

9.       State and District policies/procedures for parents to except their child from statewide assessments (opting out) will continue.  Implementation of these guidelines are not intended to discourage a student/parent from opting out of statewide assessments.

10.      State and District policies prohibit the use of statewide assessment scores in determining a student’s academic grade or whether a student may advance to the next grade level.

 

Demonstration of proficiency in course standards template

Forms

Student Testing

KEEP

Beginning in 2017-18, Utah’s Kindergarten Entry and Exit Profile (KEEP) is given to kindergarten students at the beginning and end of the year to provide insights into the academic development of our kindergarten students. It also promotes data-informed decision-making regarding instruction.

Kindergarten classes do not meet on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th days of school, so teachers can give the KEEP to each student individually. At the end of the year, there are also days that kindergarten classes do not meet, so teachers can again meet with each student individually to give some sections of the KEEP.

Materials & Information

Video Trainings

Printed Materials

The district will provide one scoring sheet and other consumable pages for each kindergarten student for both the entry and exit profile testing (renewed each year). In 2017-2018, kindergarten teachers are provided with one copy of the test administration manual and the student materials for both the entry and exit profile testing. These materials are expected to last multiple years. Printing of early replacement materials will be the responsibility of the schools.

Acadience Reading (DIBELS)

Beginning in 2011-2012, some elements of the DIBELS system are required of elementary school students. The links on the page will clarify what is required for students at each grade level.

Note: mCLASS is the required DIBELS testing system for Grades K-3.

Information

Pathways of Progress Videos

Parent Notification

Parent Notification Requirement
(Senate Bill 150 - Revised 2014-15)

Teachers in first, second, and third grade are required to inform all parents of their student's reading level indicating whether it is "at" or "below" grade level as determined by the DIBELS Next Assessment Composite Score. Notification is to occur after each benchmark assessment (three times per year) by October 30, by the end of February, and by the last day of school.

Printing

District Paid Printing

The district will provide a DAZE benchmark test booklet for each third grade student three times a year (renewed each year).

School Paid Printing
DSD Printing Services: (801) 402-5228

  • Replacement student materials
  • Progress monitoring materials
  • DIBELS benchmark materials for fourth through sixth grade (optional)

CRT

Criterion Reference Tests (CRTs) in Language Arts and Mathematics are administered to students in grades one and two at the end of the school year. Optional Interim tests are also available for mid-year testing.

These Davis School District tests were developed from the Davis DESK Standards. The test questions were written by Davis School District teachers and reviewed and edited by Davis School District teachers.

RISE

The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) administers End-of-Level tests called RISE to students in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science courses in grades 3-12. These assessments are computer adaptive tests.

SIP

LAND Trust and School Improvement Plans

School improvement plan

In order to receive state LAND Trust funds, school community councils must complete two cycles of planning/reporting each year. Each spring, school community councils develop a plan for improving instruction and student achievement in their schools.

 

 

 

SIP Overview

Each spring, school community councils develop a plan for improving instruction and student achievement in their schools. The district planning template assists schools in meeting all the requirements from the following program plans:

  • School Improvement Plan
  • LAND Trust Plan
  • Title I Plan
  • AdvancED Accreditation Plan

Plans are approved annually by the Davis Board of Education.

LAND Trust Overview

In order to receive state LAND Trust funds, school community councils must complete two cycles of planning/reporting each year.

In fall, schools complete the following:

  • Committee Form (listing community council members and contact information)
  • Principal Assurance Form (verifying compliance with laws and procedures for community councils)
  • Prior Year Final Report (report of spending and progress from the prior fiscal year)

In spring, schools complete the following:

  • Composite School Plan (including current year progress report and upcoming year plan for LAND Trust expenditures)
  • Community Council Signature Form (verifying member participation in the planning process)

Current Plans

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Prior Plans

Final Reports

Tools

Data

Davis District employees and others may submit a request to collect and/or analyze district, school, teacher, or student level data for informational or research purposes. Any research done in Davis District must be approved in advance. Approval will be based upon the intent the data will be used for and the permission level of the requestor.

 

 

Requests

Data

To begin please determine what you need and fill out the appropriate form. Once the form is submitted, you will be contacted to let you know we have received your request and who will be assisting you. Once an analyst has been assigned they will provide an estimated return date and ask any clarifying questions.

Note: For each request, assume we don't know what you are talking about. Often we use different vernacular, so what you think you are asking for we may take as something different. In order to ensure you get what you need be specific and clear. If you don't see what you're looking for then submit a general request.

If you have any questions, please contact:
Bryce Barth
801-402-5229
bbarth@dsdmail.net

Research

All research activities conducted with Davis School District employees, students, or on district premises must be approved through a formal research approval process. This process (similiar to a university IRB) ensures that privacy rights are maintained and that research efforts support the district's mission and purpose.

Submit a research request

 

If you have any questions, please contact:
Amy Siegel
801-402-5356
asiegel@dsdmail.net

 

 

Survey

 

If you have any questions, please contact:
Peter Vanderlinden
801-402-5289
pvanderlinden@dsdmail.net

Disclaimer

By submitting a request you agree that you have the proper permissions for the information and that you will keep all data secure. In order to keep data secure, you agree to share data only with appropriate people, store the information in a secure manner, and take any other steps necessary to ensure the data is secure. A member of the Assessment team will review and verify the permissions for each request made.

Formative Writing Assessment Tools

Introduction

Developed from the DESK Standards by Davis School District teachers.
Rubrics | Self-Assessments | Prompts | Writing Progressions

Kindergarten

Developing Writer Progression

This formative assessment tool is used over time with multiple pieces of a student's writing to help determine where the student is as a writer and what the next steps in instruction might be.

Assessment Prompts

This formative assessment tool is used up to four times a year to have students respond in writing to a prompt related to McGraw-Hill selections.

Student Self-Assessment Tools

This formative assessment tool is used by students to evaluate their own progress and to set personal goals.

Genre-Specific Rubrics

This formative assessment tool is used to determine how close students are to reaching the DESK Product Standard in informative/explanatory, narrative, and opinion writing.

Printable Rubrics (1/Page)

Printable Rubrics (2/Page)

 

Interactive Rubrics

 

First Grade

Developing Writer Progression

This formative assessment tool is used over time with multiple pieces of a student's writing to help determine where the student is as a developing writer and what the next steps in instruction might be.

Assessment Prompts

This formative assessment tool is used up to three times a year to have students respond in writing to a prompt related to McGraw-Hill selections.

Student Self-Assessment Tools

This formative assessment tool is used by students to evaluate their own progress and to set personal goals in opinion, narrative, and informative/explanatory writing.

Genre-Specific Rubrics

This formative assessment tool is used to determine how close students are to reaching the DESK Product Standard in informative/explanatory, narrative, and opinion writing.

Printable Rubrics (1/Page)

Printable Rubrics (2/Page)

Second Grade

Developing Writer Progression

This formative assessment tool is used over time with multiple pieces of a student's writing to help determine where the student is as a developing writer and what the next steps in instruction might be.

Assessment Prompts

This formative assessment tool is used up to three times a year to have students respond in writing to a prompt related to McGraw-Hill selections.

Student Self-Assessment Tools

This formative assessment tool is used by students to evaluate their own progress and to set personal goals in opinion, narrative, and informative/explanatory writing.

Genre-Specific Rubrics

This formative assessment tool is used to determine how close students are to reaching the DESK Product Standard in informative/explanatory, narrative, and opinion writing.

Printable Rubrics (1/Page)

Printable Rubrics (2/Page)

 

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