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Content Collaboratives

Colorado Content Collaboratives

By Teachers For Teachers

Working at the intersection of the new Colorado Academic Standards, Educator Effectiveness and New Assessments

For Colorado's districts and schools, the effective integration of standards implementation, assessment development, educator effectiveness, and a robust accountability system requires serious supports. Since 2012, Colorado educators have been involved with state and national representatives in the creation and establishment of high quality resources to support this work.

In an effort to build upon current levels of educator expertise, the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) established leadership and technical development work groups for each of the state’s 10 content areas so that Colorado educators could have access to the latest and most effective instructional and assessment tools,examples, and professional development. These work groups are known as the Colorado Content Collaboratives. View a list of the Colorado Content Collaborative members.

The Work of the Content Collaboratives

Phase 1

For this phase the members participated in the co-creation of the Colorado Assessment Review Tool (ART) which the Colorado Content Collaboratives used to evaluate existing assessment resources to determine their quality and potential to determine student learning based on the Colorado Academic Standards. The ART, along with more than 600 reviewed assessments are available in the CDE Assessment Resource Bank for voluntary use by Colorado educators.

Phase 2

Began in March, 2013, brought Content Collaboratives members together to receive training and engage in a performance assessment development process. The Content Collaboratives worked with the Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation from the University of Kansas. Performance assessments developed by the Content Collaboratives have been posted in the CDE Resource Bank for voluntary educator use.

The Content Collaboratives have also worked with the developers of the Colorado District Sample Curriculum Project to provide assessment expertise in the development of performance assessments to support the instructional units based on the curriculum samples developed in 2012-2013. These aligned performance assessments are now available in the CDE Resource Bank.

Phase 3

Focuses on the development of assessment literacy tools and resources emphasizing the assessment knowledge and skills educators need to cultivate in order to effectively and strategically use assessment information to support student learning.

Important Announcements

The Colorado Content Collaboratives Met on February 10-11, 2015, in Denver

Recently selected members of the Colorado Content Collaboratives participated in an orientation meeting on Tuesday, February 10th to become familiarized with the history and work products of the Content Collaboratives. Representatives from the current membership were in attendance to serve as mentors to new members. On Wednesday, February 11th all Content Collaboratives members convened to work with Margaret Heritage, Glory Tobiason, and Barbara Jones from the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing (CRESST) to review the Assessment Literacy Module Prototype and to further develop content for the module.

For additional information regarding Content Collaboratives membership or meeting details, please contact Angela Landrum,, 303-866-6931.

CDE is working in active and appreciative partnership with the Colorado Community College System, the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, & Student Testing at UCLA, the Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation at the University of Kansas, the National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, Inc., and the Colorado Education Initiative to support the development and implementation of the Colorado Content Collaboratives. The Colorado Content Collaboratives are supported, in part, by Colorado’s Race to the Top Program.

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