September 13, 2011
Third-grader Sabastian Hershiser reads aloud during a Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills test while Deb Durbin, a special education/Title I paraprofessional, listens Monday afternoon at Sandrock Elementary School. DIBELS and other tests issued in the fall can help teachers evaluate where their students stand academically at the beginning of the school year.
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For Moffat County School District second- through 10th-graders, the beginning of the school year entails more than memorizing a class schedule or getting acquainted with a new teacher. It also includes tests — specifically, Measures of Academic Progress tests, an assessment that can evaluate students on subjects including reading, math and language usage. Testing students at the beginning of the school year may seem counterproductive, but educators throughout the district contend it’s an essential component in determining where students stand in the fall and tracking their progress in the months to come.