Colorado Springs Early Colleges Academics Department assesses students in order to:
- Monitor and evaluate student progress towards college readiness
- Gather evidence to support teacher reflection on effectiveness of their teaching and guide instruction
- Provide feedback to students, parents, and other stakeholders
- Use data from assessment to ensure deep and authentic learning of content
- Foster reflection on how students learn best and develop an ongoing awareness of approaches of student learning
- Develop students who are conscientiously practicing the needed characteristics to become life-long inquirers and critical thinkers
Principles of ACCUPLACER Assessment
CSEC administration and staff recognize that the ACCUPLACER assessment plays a vital role in the cycle of planning, teaching, assessing, reporting, and reflecting.
Effective ACCUPLACER assessment allows students to:
- Demonstrate a broad range of conceptual and critical thinking skills
- Utilize a variety of learning styles and intelligences
- Analyze their own learning and perform self-reflection on their strengths and areas for improvement
- Set goals for their own learning thereby supporting student learning
- Demonstrate college readiness based on Math and English content
Effective ACCUPLACER assessment allows parents to:
- Monitor evidence of student learning
- Provide opportunities of support to students and teachers
- Provide evidence on college readiness in Math and English content skills
Effective ACCUPLACER assessment requires teachers to:
- Engage in self-reflection on their own practice to enhance and improve the teaching process
- Recognize students’ different learning styles and language proficiency and develop assessments to utilize these styles and skills
- Make students aware in advance of the criteria required for producing a quality product
- Provide timely and clear feedback to students and parents through documented records and data
- Work collaboratively to align skills, develop goals, and assess progress.
Effective ACCUPLACER assessment requires administration to:
- Support teachers in maintaining assessment knowledge in developing new assessment strategies.
- Provide time and training for teachers to plan, collaborate, and reflect
- Use student achievement data to set school-wide, departmental, and individual goals
ACCUPLACER is a suite of tests that determines your knowledge in math, reading, and writing as you prepare to enroll in college-level courses. ACCUPLACER is used to identify your strengths and weaknesses in each subject area and to help you identify what skills are needed for you to improve before taking college courses. The results of the assessment, in conjunction with your academic background, goals and interests, are used by Colorado Springs Early Colleges Academic Advisors to place you in the appropriate college preparatory and college courses that meet your skill level.