As a publicly funded school, DMS participates in the required standardized testing, but see it as only one facet of assessing a student’s development. Currently, testing requirements are in transition from AIMS to PARCC. Students in grades 3 through high school are being tested per Arizona Department of Education guidelines.
Additional field studies and practice tests may also be administered at other times during the school year as required. When looking at the whole child, the narrow focus of those tests make them of only limited benefit. Nevertheless, these tests can be a useful tool to the school, when viewed in light of our multi-faceted approach to assessment.
The message being conveyed to students in our classrooms is that the purpose of the testing is to help the teacher know what the class needs to work on. The students simply need to relax and do their best. Our expectation is that the students will approach their experience of standardized testing in the same joyful, confident way that they approach any other aspect of their school life. As a parent, we ask that you foster this attitude as well.
We find that our curriculum prepares children sufficiently to “succeed.”
We continue to be a “performing school” based on our test results. We will never strive to “boost” results by “teaching to the test.”
If you have any questions about your child’s standardized test scores, please speak with his or her class teacher or the Chair of the Collegium.
Child Find and Screening Services
Desert Marigold School conducts annual hearing and vision testing as required by the State of Arizona. In addition, Desert Marigold participates in the federally mandated Child Find program, designed to identify children who may be in need of special education services. Desert Marigold’s commitment to Child Find includes the following:
- Providing information to parents regarding early intervention services for children ages birth through 2 years;
- Providing information to parents regarding preschool special education services for children between the age of 3 years and the required age for starting kindergarten;
- Screening all kindergarten students and all newly enrolled grades students who do not have records of screening, evaluation, and progress in school with the first 45 calendar days after the start of school;
- Initiating referrals for students who may need evaluation for possible special education services;
- Accepting and following up on referrals from parents regarding the need for evaluation for possible special education services.
Notices of times for standardized tests, hearing and vision tests, and any other screenings will be given in the Bee. Please read it regularly for this information and other important information.