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  • The APM assessments are short, computer-adaptive tests designed to provide information at the student level that can be used to guide instruction. Additionally, when students take the APM assessments twice, these scores can be used to measure growth over time.

  • Students can take the APM assessments from October 1, 2020, through February 19, 2021. APM assessments can be administered at any time, Monday through Friday, during the testing window.

  • The APM assessments are available for Grades 3–10 Reading and Grades 3–8 Mathematics.

  • Students have two opportunities for each assessment per grade and subject. For example, a student can take the Grade 4 Reading test twice, the Grade 4 Mathematics test twice, and the Grade 5 Reading test twice.

  • The APM assessments are not timed tests. Each test includes between 24 and 34 items.

    Typically, we recommend students be given 45–60 minutes to complete an assessment, but all students should be allowed more time if needed.

    Each assessment is made up of one test session, except for Grade 6 Mathematics which has two sessions, one longer session without the use of a calculator and another shorter session where students will use a calculator.

  • The APM assessments are all online, computer-adaptive assessments that can be accessed either through the secure browser or via a supported Chrome web browser. If using the secure browser, ensure your technology coordinator has installed the most recent version.

  • All assessments are online. No printed test materials are provided.

  • APM assessments support Text-to-Speech (TTS), Masking, Zoom, Color Contrast, American Sign Language (ASL), Line Reader, and print-on-request. Accommodations are set in the Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) when adding students to the APM administration, or they can be turned on by the teacher or test administrator (TA) in the TA Interface on the day of the assessment. Zoom, Color Contrast, and Line Reader are available for all students to use in the Student Interface. If administering an APM test in person, the print-on-request accommodation allows TAs to print items, passages, or both for students who have an applicable accommodation. When a student has this accommodation, they can submit a request to the TA, who can then choose to confirm or deny the request. When approved, the print request is then sent to a printer associated with the TA’s device. This accommodation is only selectable on the day of administration and is done through the settings/approval process.

  • Yes. For the APM assessments only, remote proctoring is permitted. Please see the APM User Guide for instructions on how to administer assessments remotely to your students.

    Test administrators planning to administer the APM assessments remotely must complete the Remote Proctoring TA Certification Course which you can access on the APM Trainings page.

    Teachers and TAs who do not complete the Remote Proctoring TA Certification Course will not be able to deliver the APM assessment remotely.

  • Handheld calculators are not permitted for APM assessments. Where available within the Mathematics assessments, students can access an on-screen calculator.

       - Grades 3–5 Mathematics tests do not have a calculator.

       - The Grade 6 Mathematics assessment has a four-function calculator in session 2 only.

       - Grades 7–8 Mathematics has a scientific calculator for the whole assessment.

  • Teachers will need to communicate with their school assessment coordinator to ensure students and TAs are registered in TIDE before the assessment. Be sure to read the manuals and guides provided in the Resources section.

    Two training modules are also provided in the Trainings section: the TA Certification Course and the Remote Proctoring TA Certification Course. We recommend taking the TA Certification Course to familiarize yourself with the system; this course may be required by your district. If administering remote APM sessions, you must complete the Remote Proctoring TA Certification Course before being able to start a remote session.

  • Immediately! Once the test is submitted, a student’s results can be viewed in the APM-Reporting System which can be accessed from the APM homepage. If you are unable to see results, please contact your school assessment coordinator.

  • Training by Cambium Assessment, Inc. (CAI) was provided to district assessment coordinators (DACs) in September 2020, and the PowerPoint presentation and recording are posted to the APM Trainings page. The APM test delivery system (TDS) functions very much like that of the statewide assessment with some enhanced features, so many students and teachers will likely already be familiar with the system.

    For teachers new to CAI’s systems, we recommend that you complete the TA Certification Course

    User guides including step-by-step instructions on how to administer the APM assessments are available on the APM Resources page.

  • No restriction exists on which grade-level assessment a student can be given. If you wish to administer a
    grade 8 test to a grade 5 student, the system will permit this.

    Districts and schools have the freedom to test students off-grade using the APM assessments. For example, a school might administer the grade 4 test to an incoming fifth-grader early in the school year to better understand the learning needs of its incoming students. Then, later in the year, the student would be administered the on-grade level test. Some schools may choose to administer the on-grade level test in the fall and again in the winter. 

  • All scores for the APM tests are available in the APM-Reporting System which can be accessed from the APM page. At the student level, you will receive:

       - individual scores reported on the FSA scale;

       - the overall performance level for a student; and

       - reporting category levels (AT/NEAR, ABOVE, BELOW STANDARD).

    Teachers can also view the items and actual student responses in the APM-Reporting System.

    At the aggregate level, APM scores include the overall performance distribution and average score on the FSA scale.

  • Please visit the APM Resources section or contact your school assessment coordinator for more information.