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Assessment Descriptors:

The Blair Community Schools uses a multiple of assessments to track student progress.  Please find below descriptions and links to more detailed information regarding these assessments.


AIMSweb is a benchmark and progress monitoring system based on direct, frequent and continuous student assessment.  The Blair K-3 schools report benchmarks in the areas of Oral Reading Fluency and Math Computation. 


*Kindergarten students’ scores are reported in the area of Nonsense Word Fluency.

-End of Year Benchmark for Nonsense Word Fluency:

                  Kindergarten:           34

-End of Year Benchmarks for Oral Reading Fluency:

                  1st Grade:                61

                  2nd Grade:               102

                  3rd Grade:                120

-End of Year Benchmarks for Math Computation: 

                  Kindergarten:            __

                  1st Grade:                 15

                  2nd Grade:                25

                  3rd Grade:                 29


Reading Level K-3

Blair K-3 students are assessed using running records, which measure students’ accuracy and comprehension.  These two scores are used to determine a student’s independent reading level.

                  End of Kindergarten Proficient Independent Reading Level:                    3-7

                  End of 1st Grade Proficient Independent Reading Level:                         18-24

                  End of 2nd Grade Proficient Independent Reading Level:                        28-38

                  End of 3rd Grade Proficient Independent Reading Level:                         38-40


AR ST  ARS 4-5 (Accelerated Reader)
The STAR Reading Assessment is a computer-adaptive test that generates reading results for an individual student.  Scores reported include the Zone of Proximal Development, the Grade Equivalent, the Instructional Reading Level, and more.  This helps determine the appropriate level of Accelerated Reader books.  (Standardized Test for the Assessment of Reading)




Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS), TerraNova, Explore, Plan, ITED, and ACT are all norm-based national standardized tests.  Score is a percentile rank, which is a percentage of a reference or norm group obtaining scores equal to or less than the test-taker’s score.  It doesn’t refer to the percentage of questions answered correctly.  Blair uses the fall norm group for ITBS.








ELDA (English Language Development Assessment

ELDA consists of four tests designed to measure academic and social language proficiency in the domains of listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  It is designed to annual measurable achievement objectives for limited English proficient students. 



CogA CogAt (Cognitive Abilities) measures learned reasoning and problem-solving skills in three different areas: verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal.  The Verbal Battery measures flexibility, fluency, and adaptability in reasoning with verbal materials and in solving verbal problems.  The Quantitative Battery measures quantitative reasoning skills; flexibility and fluency in working with quantitative symbols and concepts; and the ability to organize, structure, and give meaning to an unordered set of numerals and mathematical symbols.  The Nonverbal Battery measures reasoning using geometric shapes and figures. CogAT scores are reported by a percentile rank, which indicates the percentage of students in the same age or grade group whose scores fall below the score obtained by a particular student.  For example, if a fifth-grade student obtains a grade PR of 90 on the Quantitative Battery, it means that 90 percent of the fifth-grade students in the standardization sample received scores lower than the score obtained by this particular student.  For CogAT, percentile ranks are provided for both age and grade groups.  A PR of 50 is considered average for an age or grade group.



NeSA (Nebraska State Accountability)

    -Scale Score- Scores are based on a scale ranging from 1 to 200.  A student’s scale score is a transformed version of the raw score.

    -Performance/Scale Levels-A scale based on descriptive words or phrases that indicate performance levels.  Qualities of a performance are described (e.g., exceeds, meets, or below) in order to designate a level of achievement.  (See online NeSA indicator student and grade level reports for specific scores on identified indicators.)

     Exceeds (135 above) Reflects high academic performance on the state standards and a thorough understanding of the content.  A student scoring at the advanced level utilizes a variety of skills and strategies.

     Meets (85-134) Reflects satisfactory performance on the state standards and sufficient understanding of the content.  A student scoring at the proficient level generally utilizes a variety of skills and strategies.

     Below (84 and below) Reflects unsatisfactory performance on the state standards and insufficient understanding of the content.  A student scoring at the basic level inconsistently utilizes a variety of skills and strategies.

    -NeSA Reading-Vocabulary and Comprehension

    -NeSA Math-Number Sense, Geometric/Measurement Concepts, Algebraic Concepts, and Data Analysis/Probability Concepts

    -NeSA Science-Inquiry/The Nature of Science/Technology, Physical Science, Life Science, and Earth/Space Science                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     http://www.education.ne.gov/assessment/             




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