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Assessment

As a result of the school closure due to COVID-19, there will be no statewide assessments for the 2019-2020 school year. More information can be found at https://www.azed.gov/assessment/
Students in grades 3-10 are assessed annually each spring through state mandated achievement tests in English Language Arts and Mathematics. These statewide assessments are used to ensure alignment between district curriculum and instruction and the Arizona Academic Standards, while also providing the district with valuable information on student learning needs. All assessment is conducted online through computer based testing.
Students in grades 4, 8, and Biology are assessed annually each spring through state mandated achievement tests in Science. These statewide assessments are used to ensure alignment between district curriculum and instruction and the Arizona Academic Standards, while also providing the district with valuable information on student learning needs. All assessment is conducted online through computer based testing.
As part of a comprehensive and balanced assessment system, J.O. Combs Unified School District administers quarterly benchmark assessments in ELA and Mathematics using ATI-Galileo online assessments. These are district created and aligned to district curriculum and the Arizona Academic Standards. These assessments are used as evidence of student learning for longer-term instructional planning. The district uses the Galileo Benchmark Assessments to identify curricular gaps between learning expectations and assessment, ensure that the standards are being taught and learned, and identify structural or instructional changes that might be helpful.
***Please note that, due to the Governor's Executive Order, school for all students will begin on August 3rd ONLINE and will remain online until schools are allowed to reopen to in person instruction.***
 
The J.O. Combs Unified School District is dedicated to education placement decisions that will best serve the children in our community. Decisions to accept a child for early kindergarten admission will be based on a clear indication that the child exhibits skills in areas of development that will most likely assure a successful kindergarten experience. The screening will be conducted by a team of kindergarten experts and parents will be notified regarding admission within one week. All decisions by the team are final and there will not be additional opportunities for re-screening.
 
By law, students must turn 5 by December 31st of the school year to qualify for early kindergarten testing. Please note that the list below describes general concepts that the early kindergarten test will be assessing:
  • Social Development: How well student separates from parents, follows directions, and interacts with adults and peers
  • Motor Skills: Physical activity, holding a pencil, and using scissors
  • Basic Academic Skills: Knowing shapes, colors, letters, and numbers
If your child has not yet demonstrated these skills, we would like to recommend that you consider our Kinder Prep preschool. Please refer to the Community Education section of our website for additional information regarding Kinder Prep. 
 

COVID-19 Protocols

  • Temperature checks will be conducted on all children and adults as they enter the building. A child or adult with a temperature above 100.4 will be asked to leave and will be unable to be screened. No refunds will be given.
  • Children will be asked to use hand sanitizer prior to being taken back to the screening environment.
  • Social distancing will be maintained as much as possible.
  • We strongly encourage all children and adults, including staff administering the screening, to wear a mask.
  • Adequate time between each screening will be taken to appropriately disinfect the testing materials prior to the next group.
 
Early Kindergarten Screening Registration Information
Screenings will be held at the J.O. Combs Unified School District Office, which is next to Ranch Elementary School at 43371 N. Kenworthy Rd.
 
Screenings will be held on the following dates and times:
Monday, July 27th 4:00-5:00PM
Monday, July 27th 5:00-6:00PM
Tuesday, July 28th 4:00-5:00PM
Tuesday, July 28th 5:00-6:00PM
 
The registration fee is $35 and is nonrefundable. Please note that you will not be able to choose the time when you register. We will contact you within 24 hours after registration to provide you with the time that your child will be screened. Due to the need to ensure social distancing in each session, we have a maximum capacity for each screening time so you will need to be available for either screening time.
 
To register for Early Kindergarten Screening, please go to https://forms.gle/AVK6yVHwCeRjaaA36