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Grading & Assessment Policy

Students will be assessed in a variety of ways, both formally and informally throughout the school year. The words most often used with assessments at Coosa are Formative assessments (to inform the teacher; such as quizzes and tests) and Summative assessments (for students to show their knowledge; final unit tests, projects, reports).

In addition, students will be involved with the following assessments:

  • CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test): consensus testing given to all 2nd graders in South Carolina to assess cognitive ability. This is one of the assessments used for GT identification.
  • iReady: a computerized adaptive assessment given 3 times a year to note strengths, weaknesses and progress. This assessment is used by teachers to help drive instructional practices.
  • SCREADY (South Carolina College-and-Career Ready Assessments): an online assessment given to students in grades 3 and 5 in the area of ELA and Math, and in grade 4 in the area of Science. Students will receive a score of Exceeds, Meets, Approaches, Does Not Meet.
  • ACCESS (English Language Learners): an assessment given to students who are currently identified as Limited English Proficient (LEP) once a year (February) to note progress with English language proficiency in the areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening.
  • Fountas & Pinnell: reading assessment which is given one on one to students at least 3 times a year to note progress or lack of with reading skills. On the report card this is noted as reading above, on, or below grade level.

For more information concerning the interpretation of test scores/assessments, please review the following links:

Should you have specific questions surrounding state, local, or building level assessments, please contact Mrs. Renee Roberts (Assistant Principal) via email or by calling 843-322-6174.

2023-2024 Testing Dates for CES: 

  • December 12-21: iReady Winter 
  • January 22-March 1: ACCESS Testing Window
  • May 8-June 5: SC Ready Testing Window