Assessment and Testing

Assessment of student’s skills is a critical part of the teaching-learning cycle at Pioneer. Teachers use informal observation, teacher-made tests and a variety of formal tests to identify what students know and what they need to learn next. Benchmark tests are administered three times yearly to ensure that students are on track to achieve end of year goals in reading, writing, and math.
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessments will be administered to students in the state of Colorado. All students in grades 3-9 complete the English Language Arts (ELA) PARCC assessment, all students in grades 3-9 complete the math PARCC assessment.

In the spring, state assessments called the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) are given to students as follows:
 4th & 7th grade students take the CMAS social studies assessment (3 year assigned rotation)
 5th, 8th and 11th grade students completed take the CMAS science assessment
The CMAS assessments reflect the Colorado Academic Standards for science and social studies that were adopted in 2009.