District and State Assessments

  • Student assessment provides information about student learning and progress over time on standards and college & career readiness.  Educators monitor individual student progress and the effectiveness of instructional strategies.  Throughout the year, students are given required assessments that fulfill legislative requirements or district guidelines.
    A brief overview of the assessment including what subjects are assessed, when and how long the student is assessed, and how the assessment is used is included below. Greater detail about the assessments can be found on the CDE's Assessment Webpage.  Dates for each test are for the 2017-2018 school year.

    CMAS (PARCC) – 3rd through 8th grade students

    • Subjects: English Language Arts and Mathematics
    • Testing Window (Dates): March 26 – April 27
    • Time for Administration:  Varies by Grade and assessment level, 8 to 10 hours
    • Purpose: Elementary and Secondary Education Act and State Accountability
    • Dates testing: 2 to 5 days depending on grade
    • Required by: Federal and State
    • Use of Results:  Measure student performance and growth in the Colorado Academic Standards, determine instructional needs for students, placement in some academic programs, Educator Effectiveness
    • Alternate Assessment for Students with Cognitive Disabilities:  Dynamic Learning Maps

    Divider CMAS (Science & Social Studies) – 5th, 8th, and 11th grade students for Science; 4th & 7th sampling* for Social Studies

    • Testing Window (Dates): April 9 – April 27
    • Time for Administration:  Varies by Grade and assessment level, 3 to 4 hours
    • Purpose: Elementary and Secondary Education Act and State Accountability
    • Dates testing: 1 to 2 days depending on grade
    • Required by: Federal and State
    • Use of Results:  Measure student performance and growth in the Colorado Academic Standards, determine instructional needs for students, placement in some academic programs, Educator Effectiveness
    • Alternate Assessment for Students with Cognitive Disabilities:  CoAlt

    *Schools selected for Social Studies Sampling - Big Thompson ES, Centennial ES, High Plains School, Garfield ES, L. Edmondson ES, Lincoln ES, Truscott ES

    Divider  CO PSAT (College Preparatory Exam) - 9th and 10th grade students

    • Subjects: Reading, Writing/Language, Math
    • Testing Window (Dates): April 10th, 11th, or 12th
    • Time for Administration:  3 to 4 hours
    • Purpose: Elementary and Secondary Education Act and State Accountability
    • Dates testing: 1 day
    • Required by: Federal and State
    • Use of Results:  Measure student performance and readiness for college and career. Instructional needs for students, placement in some academic programs,  Educator Effectiveness.
    • Alternate Assessment for Students with Cognitive Disabilities:  Dynamic Learning Maps

    Divider   CO SAT (College Entrance Exam) - 11th grade students

    • Subjects: Reading, Writing/Language, Math
    • Testing Window (Dates): April 10
    • Time for Administration:  3 to 4 hours
    • Purpose: Elementary and Secondary Education Act and State Accountability
    • Dates testing: 1 day
    • Required by: Federal and State
    • Use of Results:  Measure student performance and readiness for college and career, determine instructional needs for students, Educator Effectiveness
    • Alternate Assessment for Students with Cognitive Disabilities:  Dynamic Learning Maps

    Divider  Teaching Strategies Gold – Kindergarten

    • Testing Window (Dates):  September, December, and May
    • Time for Administration: Observational throughout the window
    • Purpose: Colorado Achievement Plan for Kids (School Readiness Plan)
    • Days Testing: ongoing observational
    • Required: State
    • Use of Results: Determine School Readiness

     FAST – Kindergarten

    • Testing Window (Dates):  September 1 – September 19,  December 5- 19, May 1 - 15
    • Time for Administration:  10 to 20 minutes
    • Purpose: Colorado READ Act
    • Days Testing: 3 days, one for each window
    • Required: State
    • Use of Results: Determine instructional needs of students in reading skills, used to determine if student qualifies for a READ plan as defined by CDE

    Divider  i-Ready Reading – Grades 1- 8

    • Testing Window (Dates):  August 28 – September 27,  November 27 - December 22, April 23 - May 11
    • Time for Administration:  45 minutes to 1 hour
    • Purpose: Colorado READ Act & District Literacy Assessment
    • Days Testing: 3 days, one for each window
    • Required: State (1st, 2nd, 3rd Graders) Kindergarten students on a READ plan;  District for 4th-8th grade students.  
    • Use of Results: Determine instructional needs of students in reading skills, used to determine if student qualifies for a READ plan as defined by CDE for grades 2 & 3, or is making progress towards grade level standards in grades 4th – 8th.

    Divider  i-Ready Math– Grades 1- 8

    • Testing Window (Dates):  August 28 – September 27,  November 27 - December 22, April 30 - May 17
    • Time for Administration:  45 minutes to 1 hour
    • Purpose: District Math Assessment
    • Days Testing: 3 days, one for each window
    • Use of Results: Determine instructional needs of students and ensuring they are making progress towards grade level standards in grades 1st – 8th. 

    Divider  Cognitive Abilities test (CogAt) – Grade 2

    • Testing Window (Dates): October 3 - 31
    • Time for Administration: 2.5 hours
    • Purpose: Gifted and Talented Identification
    • Days Testing: 3 days
    • Required by: State

    Use of Results: Identification of possible qualification for Gifted and Talented services
    Divider

    Wida Access 2.0 – Kindergarten through 12th English Language Learners

    • Testing Window (Dates):  January 8 - February 9
    • Time for Administration:  3 to 4 hours
    • Purpose: English Language Acquisition Proficiency and Growth
    • Days Testing: 4 days
    • Required: Federal
    • Use of Results:  Measures ELL Students’ progress in acquiring academic English in the areas of: social and instructional language, language or science, language of social studies, language of language arts and the language of math

    Divider  District Assessments

    • Assesses content in classes which the student is enrolled
    • Testing Windows (Dates):  Varies depending on content area and grade level
    • Days Testing: 1 - 2 days, varies depending on content area
    • Required by: District
    • Use of Results: provides information about student learning and progress over time on standards and college & career readiness, monitor individual student progress, determine effectiveness of instructional strategies,  Educator Effectiveness