Assessment Glossary 

Important terms to explain how students are assessed


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Paced Interim Assessments (PIA)

The Paced Interim Assessment (PIA) is administered four times a year to students in participating schools in grades 2 to 10.

The assessment covers targeted standards from each unit and shows what knowledge and skills students have mastered, and where instructional time and resources need to be focused.  The fifth PIA, administered in June, assesses student mastery of the most essential skills as listed on the DCPS scope and sequence documents.

Learn more about DCPS scope and sequence »

Achievement Network Assessment (ANet)

The Achievement Network (ANet) Assessment is another type of paced interim assessment, used at approximately one-sixth of schools in DCPS. It is aligned to the ANet Schedule of Assessed Standards and administered four times a year to students in grades 3 to 8. All four assessment cycles are administered prior to the state summative assessment, DC CAS.

District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC CAS)

The District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC CAS) is a summative assessment administered by the state that assesses students in the following subjects and grade levels:

  • Reading in grades 2 to 10
  • Math in grades 2 to 8 and 10
  • Composition in grades 4, 7, and 10
  • Science in grades 5 and 8, and Biology in high school
  • Health in grades 5, 8, and high school

While DCPS oversees the administration of the test, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) is responsible for the overall management of the assessment for all schools in DC.  For more information, please visit the OSSE website

District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System Alternative (DC CAS Alt)

The DC CAS-ALT is a portfolio assessment given to those students who have significant cognitive disabilities that prevent them from participating in the general assessment (DC CAS) even with accommodations and/or modifications.  

It is administered to a smaller number of students in grades 3 to 8 and 10 in Reading and Math; composition in grades 4, 7 and 10; and Science in grades 5, 8 and Biology. The portfolio is created throughout the school year with submission during the Spring.

For more information, please visit the OSSE website »

National Assessment Educational Progress (NAEP)

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) or The Nation’s Report Card is the largest continuing and nationally representative assessment of what our nation’s students know and can do on core subjects like mathematics, reading, science and writing.

The results of the NAEP, assessed biannually, are used to assess progress and develop ways to improve education in the United States.

More information on NAEP can be found in OSSE’s website »

Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS)

Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) assesses students' foundational reading skills in grades K-5. The DIBELS assessments are designed to be short fluency measures used to regularly monitor the development of early literacy and early reading skills, and are comprised of seven measures to function as indicators of phonemic awareness, alphabetic principle, accuracy and fluency with connected text, reading comprehension, and vocabulary. 

School-wide Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI)

The School-wide Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) is a reading assessment test that assesses students' reading levels and helps teachers adjust instruction according to students' needs, track students' reading growth over time, and match readers to text. Scholastic Reading Inventory is for all students in grades 6-10 and is administered school-wide each year at the beginning and end of the year.

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a consortium of 19 states (including the District of Columbia) working together to develop a common set of K-12 technology-based (online) assessments in English and Math anchored in what it takes to be ready for college and careers. These new K-12 assessments will build a pathway to college and career readiness by the end of high school, mark students’ progress toward this goal from 3rd grade up, and provide teachers with timely information to inform instruction and provide student support. 

The PARCC assessments will be ready for states to administer during the 2014-15 school year and will replace the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC CAS).

For more information, please visit the PARCC website »

The National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) Alternate Assessment

The National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) is a partnership of states and organizations developing a comprehensive alternate assessment system that will be implemented in the 2014-2015 school year. This technology-based (online), summative assessment will replace the current alternate assessment system, the DC CAS-Alt, and will address curriculum, instruction, and assessment needs of students with the most significant cognitive disabilities.

For more information, please visit the NCSC Partners website »

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