Nome Public Schools Assessment Information

  • Nome Public Schools utilizes a wide variety of assessments throughout the school year according to the Balanced Assessment method (please see below).  This page will share information about each of the district-wide and state assessments that happen each year, as well as the current district-wide testing calendar.  Program assessments will vary according to the district-adopted curricula for each grade level or content area, and parents should speak with their child's teacher for further information on these assessments.

    Description of balanced assessment system pie chart

    DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Learning Skills)

    DIBELS tests are given three times each school year to students in grades K-6.  These short tests (1-3 minutes each) vary according to grade level and are primarily given in a one-on-one format.  DIBELS functions as both a screener and a progress monitor, and helps teachers determine what interventions are needed for students to support them in developing reading skills.  DIBELS reports can be shared with parents during Parent-Teacher Conferences or are available from your student's teacher on request.  For more information about DIBELS, click here.

    MAP (Measures of Academic Progress

    MAP tests are given three times each school year to students in grades K-10.  Students in grades K-2 are assessed in reading and math, and students in grades 3-10 also take the Language Usage test.  MAP is a nationally referenced test, and allows parents and teachers to compare their child's progress to the average student in the same grade across the nation.  MAP results are also used by teachers to help inform differentiation of instruction in the classroom.  MAP reports can be shared with parents during Parent-Teacher Conferences or are available from your student's teacher on request.  For more information about MAP, click here.

    ACCESS Test (For English Learners)

    Students in grades K-12 who are identified as English Learners are required to take the ACCESS test each year in the early spring.  The test has four parts: speaking, listening, reading and writing.  Once students meet the state's exit criteria from the EL program, they no longer take the test and are monitored for two years to ensure their English proficiency is sufficient for them to make adequate academic progress.  Results are sent home to parents at the end of the school year or early summer.  For more information about ACCESS, click here.

    PEAKS Assessment (Performance Assessment for Alaska Schools)

    This state-wide summative assessment measures student progress in meeting the state academic standards in English Language Arts, Math and Science.  Students in grades 3-10 are assessed in ELA and Math, while students in grades 4, 8 and 10 are assessed in science.  The test is given in the late spring, with results available in late summer.  The assessment results help schools and districts determine strengths and weaknesses in grade-level programs to help inform curriculum needs and changes.  For more information about PEAKS, click here.

    DLM (Dynamic Learning Maps)

    The DLM is an alternate state assessment for students with cognitive disabilities which would preclude their participation in the PEAKS assessment.  Students are assessed in the same subjects as PEAKS for their grade level.  Eligibility for participation in the DLM is determined as part of a student's IEP.  For more information on the DLM, click here.

    NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress)

    This national exam is administered every other year to a randomly selected group of 4th and 8th graders in the areas of mathematics and/or english language arts.  Results are not available to students, parents, districts, or schools.  The assessment is known as "America's Report Card" and state results are available for comparison.  For more information about the NAEP, click here.

    College Entrance Exams, WorkKeys, and the ASVAB

    Students should contact their high school counselor for more information on these assessments, including fees, registration deadlines, and dates for testing.

    2017-2018 Calendar of Assessments

    DIBELS Test Windows

    • Aug 28-Sept 22
    • Dec 11-Jan 18
    • April 23-May 18

    MAP Test Windows

    • Sept 11-Oct 13
    • Jan 15-Feb 16
    • April 23-May18

    ACCESS Test Window Feb 1-Mar 30

    PEAKS Test Window Mar 26-Apr 27

    DLM Test Window Mar 13-May 4

    Work Keys - TBD

    ACT - Nov 14, February 13

    SAT - Oct 7, Nov 4

    PSAT - Oct 11

    Parents Opt-Out Rights

    According to Nome Public Schools Board Policy BP6020, parents have the right to opt their students out of assessments required by the state.  In order to do so, parents are required to inform the school before each test, and should submit this request in writing to the main office of their child's school.  Absences due to a parent exercising this right are considered excused absences.