FULL-TIME DISTANCE EDUCATION
Assessment and Student DataStudents will be participating in assessments remotely during distance education to ensure critical information about student progress is shared with educators and families to inform next steps in learning.
During distance education, methods of assessing students are designed to meet the range of needs of our students.
Educators will follow the District’s Regulation 5121 in regard to student grading. Grades will reflect student achievement on assignments and assessments aligned with the Nevada Academic Content Standards (NVACS) provided by the teacher.
In alignment with District Regulation 5121, secondary schools will implement semester exams which may be worth up to, but not exceed, 20% of the student’s final semester grade. As the District implements an instructional model of full-time distance education, educators need to implement semester exams that provide opportunities for students to apply their knowledge to new, authentic, and novel situations through performance tasks or project-based learning opportunities.
Progress Reports and Report Cards
In alignment with full-time distance education, parents/guardians will access student progress reports and report cards through Campus Parent by clicking on the Documents Tab on the Index Menu. This method allows immediate access for parents/guardians to review students’ progress and grades. As parents/guardians have immediate access to grades through Campus Parent, schools will no longer print and distribute progress reports and the District will no longer print and mail report cards home. Parents/Guardians who require a printed report may contact their student’s school to request a copy. The District will communicate centrally through ParentLink with parents/guardians regarding progress reports and grade postings in alignment with the reporting calendar.
- If a parent/guardian does not have Campus Parent, please refer to the instructions at
- Instructions to access Campus Parent can be found at Infinite Campus.
Assessment is an important part of teaching and learning. It helps us get information on what students are ready to learn and if there are any skills they need extra help with. There are two types of assessments educators use - formative and summative.
Formative Assessment: work that your child does as they are learning new skills. Teachers and families can monitor a child’s progress and gather information to help the child grow along the learning journey. These are low stakes and should be used to monitor learning. Parents/guardians can use this information to work with their child on filling the gaps in learning before the summative assessment is given. Examples: discussions on Google Meet, comprehension questions after reading a book, or practice problems on MAP Accelerator/Khan Academy.
Summative Assessment: work that your child does when they are ready to show they learned a new grade level skill. Teachers can use these results to give grades. Families can use this information to check that their child is on track for the next grade level or check for college and career readiness. Examples: performance tasks where students show what they have learned by transferring their knowledge to an authentic real-world situation, a selected-response test, or an interview.
As prescribed in the minimum requirements for distance education plans established by the Nevada Department of Education, school districts must determine students’ academic needs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and provide support as necessary. Therefore, MAP Growth will be administered remotely for Grades K-10. At the high school level, students in Grades 9 and 10 will be assessed in Algebra I and Geometry courses and in Grades 9 and 10 English courses.
Parents have many questions about MAP Growth and the Parent Toolkit is a great resource with wonderful videos. NWEA Family Toolkit
- Students in Grades K-5 will participate in the reading and mathematics assessments.
- Students will participate in the fall, winter, and spring test administrations.
- Students in Grades 6-10 will participate in the reading and mathematics assessments.
- Students will participate in the corresponding assessment if they are actively enrolled in the course.
MAP Growth will be administered remotely for all students in Grades K-10 with proctoring support from parents/guardians in collaboration with the classroom teacher. Additional assistance will need to be provided for primary students. The MAP Growth fall testing window has been extended through September 30, 2020.
Resources have been provided to assist families with testing from home.
The WIDA Screener ensures language supports are provided for English Language Learners (ELLs).
When parents/guardians register their children for school, they answer a few questions about languages spoken in the home. That helps schools know which students might need extra support with learning English. Schools use the WIDA Screener test to identify which students need additional help and ensure educators provide language support for your child. Schools are required to give this test within 30 calendar days at the beginning of the school year or 14 calendar days if a student registers later in the school year.
Because we are starting the 2020 school year in a distance learning model, the testing process will look a little different. Schools will make an appointment with parents/guardians to have students come to the school to take the test. While students are testing, staff at the school will make sure everyone is following social distancing guidelines, like keeping 6 feet apart and always wearing a mask. Schools can also help with providing buses to get students to and from school. More information will be provided by your child’s school when arranging a time for the test.
All high schools must administer the civics exam as required by law.
Advanced Placement Testing Plan
Advanced Placement (AP) testing is scheduled for May 2021. At this time, College Board is scheduled to offer traditional, face-to-face AP exam administration for the 2020–2021 school year. Please visit the 2021 AP Exam Schedule to view the full exam schedule. Digital resources and online support will continue through AP Classroom throughout the school year.
ASVAB requires each high school to identify students needing ASVAB testing in Fall 2020. ASVAB requests to limit testing groups to only “essential testers” (seniors on track for the College and Career Readiness diploma or students actively considering military enlistment).
Career and Technical Education Assessments
Pilot testing is conducted for new or revised Career and Technical Education programs of study beginning December 2020, through January 2021. Selected schools with enrollments in selected programs will participate. All completer-level students must test in accordance with NAC 389 during an identified February-March testing window. Any student who tests and meets the minimum requirements for the Certificate of Skill Attainment (3.0 GPA) in their program may retest. The Nevada Department of Education developed contingency, online testing plans for participating students during the previous school closures and are ready to implement again, if needed.
The ACT assessment was selected as the Nevada College and Career Readiness (CCR) assessment and is mandated by Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) 390.610 as a graduation requirement. Students in Grade 11 participate in the ACT at their enrolled school on the date provided by the school administration. Schools may choose to administer the ACT using paper/pencil or online formats.
Resources for parents/guardians and students are available at:
ACT College and Career Planning for Students and Parents
FREE Practice ACT Test
Standard Administration (Paper): February 23, 2021
Accommodations Administration (Paper): February 23-26, 2021, and March 1-5, 2021
Standard and ACT-Approved Accommodations (Online): February 23-25, 2021, and March 2-4, 2021
College and Career Readiness
The college recruitment process may be different for each college or university; however, Nevada’s Phase 2 recruitment events for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV); the University of Nevada-Reno; Nevada State College; and the College of Southern Nevada will continue virtually by appointment with admissions representatives and some small-group guided tours. Students may contact the college or university admissions department to schedule individual virtual meetings with representatives.
UNLV is offering in-person campus tours in Las Vegas in small groups to maintain social distancing guidelines. UNLV maintains a calendar of digital events.
Family Support for FAFSA Application
In collaboration with all Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) institutions, the District will provide virtual FAFSA nights in October 2020. These will be live, virtual meetings to cover Financial Aid Essentials. Each NSHE school will discuss scholarship and admission information, and students will be connected with experts available for one-on-one assistance. There are four events scheduled for October 2020. Confirmed details will be provided in the upcoming months. High Schools may also conduct their own virtual FAFSA workshops and events with families.