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Assessment FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions


Is my student required to participate in state assessments?

State summative assessments managed by the Colorado Department of Education provide important information about student achievement of state standards and are an important source of information for accountability systems.  District staff encourages participation in these assessments in order to monitor and increase student achievement and improve the District’s instructional program.

 However, if a parent/guardian does not want their student to participate in a State summative assessment and provides the request in writing, the student will not be required to take the assessment.

Students whose parents have refused participation in a State summative assessment will not be penalized for not taking the assessment and should attend school during the assessment window given the important learning opportunities that exist throughout the school day.  An alternate setting will be provided, however schools are not required to provide equivalent assessment or alternate instructional activities during the time of the assessment.

Please contact your child's school directly for specific guidance regarding this request.  

Are SAT scores on student transcripts?

SAT, ACT, and/or related tests will not be published on student transcripts.

How will my student's learning be assessed?

Jeffco teachers use a balanced variety of assessments to communicate with students and guardians, modify instruction, and make decisions.  Classroom, District, and State assessments serve a variety of purposes at different points in the learning process. Classroom assessments will include formative, interim, and summative measures of student learning.

Formative assessments inform students as to their progress toward learning goals within an instructional unit and inform teachers as to the instructional changes needed to help students meet those goals.  Formative assessment data is used with immediacy to adapt instruction.  Formative assessment may look like a classroom activity, quiz, or project used as a means of providing feedback and opportunity for revision throughout the learning process.


Interim assessments provide a measure of student progress toward meeting grade level content standards.  Interim assessments can help identify learning trends and inform the selection of additional learning resources.


Summative assessments provide the degree to which students have met the learning targets within an instructional unit or have met the end-of-year grade level content standards.  Summative assessments can include classroom or district assessments used to make decisions such as course grades or program placement.  State summative assessments include the assessments managed by the Colorado Department of Education.

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