Assessments

Totem Correspondence believes that assessment is an important part of education. We also believe that there are many different types of valid assessments, and different ways to utilize them. Totem Correspondence can help you find assessments that fit your preference and family needs and that help measure and showcase your student’s learning and progress over the year. Totem will always work with you to find what fits for your family and student.

Totem Correspondence does not require specific tests for grade level advancement.

Kinder ADP

Decision needed by: upon enrollment or September 1 of a school year

Who: Kindergartners

What: a form for parents to rate their Kindergartner in 13 developmental areas.

When: Beginning of the school year

Where: in your own home

How: a form parents simply fill out and return to us

Informational Links:

Kinder ADP Early Learning Activity Guide

Kinder ADP Form

mClass

Decision needed by: upon enrollment or September 1 of a school year

Who: K-3rd grade

What: Amplify’ s mCLASS with DIBELS 8th Edition is the state-adopted literacy screener.

A tool used to:

  • assess a student's early literacy skills
  • identify students who may be at risk for developing reading difficulties
  • know who may need additional instruction or intervention

When: Beginning of year, Middle of year, End of year, Scheduled, 5-7 minutes per student

Where: in your home

How: one-on-one, remotely via video conference, need a camera, microphone, and possibly a separate tablet

AK STAR and AK Science

Decision needed by: upon enrollment or January 31 of a school year

Who:

  • English/Language Arts: Grades 3 - 9
  • Math: Grades 3 - 9
  • Science: Grades 5, 8, and 10 only

What: The Alaska Department of Education offers the AK STAR and AK Science assessments.

When: Spring (April) of each school year

Where: at your neighborhood school or a local physical school of your choice

How: usually online, some paper based may be available

Informational Links:

How Does Participating in AK STAR Benefit Students?                                                                                                                                                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xY-Eb-nHO9A

Putting Together the Education Puzzle: Assessments for Correspondence Students                                                                   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlzTrgkZhRs

Communicating about Annual State Assessment Participation for All - Students: A Communication Toolkit (Word doc)                                              Participation in General Assessments | NCEO

STAR Renaissance

Decision needed by: Available anytime

Who: K-12th grade

What: Totem Correspondence supports and offers Renaissance STAR testing for Reading and Math free of charge. These are adaptive assessments of about 35 questions each. Students may take these assessments at home. These can be used for placement and progress assessing. We are able to generate very basic, or very detailed, reports for you to access.

When: anytime,

  • Beginning and End of year
  • Beginning of year, Mid-year, End of year
  • Beginning of year, End of all Quarters

Where: in your home

How: Online, email your Teacher of Record to set up an account for your student. Always remember to email your Teacher of Record when your student has completed an assessment so they may generate and email you the reports.

MAP Growth

Decision needed by: upon enrollment or September 1 of a school year

Who: Grades 3-9

What: adaptive assessments in Math, Reading Comprehension, English Language Arts

When: Beginning of year, Middle of year; Scheduled; time differs per student

Where: in your own home

How: Proctored online