Assessment at Nadaburg Unified

  • Types of Assessment

    There are essentially two types of assessments that occur at school, formative and summative test.  Formative test are given during and immediately following instruction, and are meant to provide information to teachers to guide instruction.  They essentially tell us what students need to and have learned.  Summative assessments are the "big" test that tell us how students progressed through a certain time period.  The results of these assessments are typically utilized to analyze instruction, curriculum, and resources. 


    The Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) are a set of procedures and measures for assessing the acquisition of early literacy skills from kindergarten through sixth grade. They are designed to be short (one minute) fluency measures used to regularly monitor the development of early literacy and early reading skills.

    DIBELS are comprised of seven measures to function as indicators of phonemic awareness, alphabetic principle, accuracy and fluency with connected text, reading comprehension, and vocabulary. DIBELS were designed for use in identifying children experiencing difficulty in acquisition of basic early literacy skills in order to provide support early and prevent the occurrence of later reading difficulties.

    Informational Brochure on DIBELS

    If you would like more informaiton on DIBELS you may contact Educational Services at (623) 556-5887, or Melanie Watson District DIBELS coordinator at


    Pre Assessment and Benchmark Assessments (Formative)

    All students participate in pre assessment and benchmark assessments throughout the school year.  Pre assessments are given during the first three weeks of school.  Students are assessed in a variety of areas that include English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Writing, Physical Educaiton, Music, and Art to determine their level of knowledge in these subject areas.  These assessments allow teachers to determine what depth they need to cover on each topic area for the grade level.  Benchmarks are given at the end of the quarter, and only cover what was taught during that benchmark period.  This information is used to provide additional support to students who are demonstrating difficulty with a taught concept. These assessments are administered through an on line assessment program.

    Standard Based Formatives

    When a classroom completes a standard the complete a formative bases assessment (quiz).  These quick assessments in ELA and Math are designed to determine how well students mastered the taught standard.  Based on the results of these assessments teachers can make decisions about moving forward, providing intervnetions/enrichment, and future instructional decisions.  Typically formatives are graded by the teacher (see your child's teacher for their grading policy) and are given on a weekly basis.



    The State of Arizona requires students in grades 3-High School participate in the AZ Merit Assessment.  The AZMerit assess student knowledge of Reading and Math concepts in grades 3-8 through balanced questions of multiple choice, and answer jusitification.  The AzMerit is given in the Spring of each school year. 

    AzMerit Parent Brochure