Due to the COVID-19 crisis and school closures, the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) has put a pause on state testing this year (2019-2020). CMAS assessments (Grade 3-8 Math, English Language Arts, Science and Social Studies as well as Grade 11 Science) have been cancelled. PSAT and SAT for grades 9-11 are on pause until further notice. Please see the press release from CDE. See additional assessment information below:
ACT: Has rescheduled its April 4 national test date to June 13 across the U.S. All students registered for the April 4 test date will receive an email from ACT in the next few days informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June 13 or a future national test date. See this link for more information. Contact Josh Berro firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
AP: Traditional face-to-face exam administrations will not take place. Students will take a 45-minute online free-response exam at home. For each AP subject, there will be 2 different testing dates, visit this link to see testing information and dates. Contact Josh Berro email@example.com with questions.
IB: As of March 23, 2020, The IB has officially announced that the IB exams for May 2020 have been canceled. Contact Eileen Knapp Eknapp@aspenk12.net with questions.
Our curriculum teams have been hard at work to develop ASD's first ever K-8 Math scope and sequence. Standards-aligned, evidence-based guidance for teaching and learning. Our mathematics teachers will be using these "units of study" to facilitate a rigorous learning experience for your students, Kindergarten through 8th grade.
During the 2018-2019 school year and throughout the summer, dozens of math teachers across ASD came together to develop a mission, vision, and values as well as an aligned scope and sequence of standards for K-12 mathematics. Working collaboratively, the team used the Major Work of the Grade to prioritize standards and develop units of study that articulate what students need to know, understand, and be able to do with the Common Core Standards for Math Content and Practices. The research-based process of Understanding by Design was implemented to further develop how students might demonstrate their understanding, knowledge, and skills and how teachers might plan towards helping students achieve the learning goals. Within each unit of study, you will find the following:
Transfer Goals- what we want students to transfer from the unit into new situations and settings.
Meaning Goals- essential questions that lead to big ideas and deep understandings we want students to uncover.
Acquisition Goals- the knowledge and basic skills we want students to master by the end of the unit.
Vocabulary- the tier two (general academic) and tier three (domain-specific) vocabulary teachers can anticipate needing to explicitly teach students throughout the unit.
Demonstration of Learning- assessment ideas for teachers to know whether or not the transfer, meaning, and/or acquisition goals were met.
Performance Task- a rich, authentic task that requires students to apply their knowledge and skills while engaging in critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and creativity.
Learning Plan- aligned lessons, resources, and tasks to guide day-to-day planning that leads to the student learning goals.
Standards- the major work of the grade standards used to develop the unit
See the Elementary Units of Study HERE.