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General Assessment Information

Spring 2016 Testing Windows

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PARCC announced that PBA and EOY windows will be combined into a single window. To test as close to the end of the year as possible, Colorado's testing window for all spring 2016 CMAS and alternate assessments will be April 11th - April 29th. The three-week window will allow districts to complete testing for all CMAS and alternate testing, including science, social studies, English language arts (ELA) and math if they are able to have single groups for each CMAS session.

Schools administering paper-based testing should complete paper-based testing during this three week window, with the exception of students taking the paper-based form as an accommodation in a school taking the online assessments. Colorado will be moving to a sampling approach for social studies. One-third of schools will participate next year. All social studies and science tests must be scheduled and completed between April 11th and April 29th, but districts needing more time to complete their ELA and math testing due to device numbers (i.e., the number of computers available will require multiple groups for each test unit) may begin testing those content areas earlier. The maximum test window will be six weeks. Six weeks will allow schools needing three groups per CMAS session to complete testing.

To the extent possible, a student taking the alternate assessment in a content area for which the student is participating in a general education class should be assessed at the same time as the general education peers to avoid missed instruction. Schools may also ensure the student taking the alternate assessment does not miss instruction from that general education class through other means. Please see below for the 2016 assessment windows.

CMAS: science (grades 5, 8 and 11), social studies (grades 4 and 7) 1, PARCC English language arts (grades 3 through 9) 2 and PARCC math (grades 3 through 9) 

CoAlt: science (grades 5, 8 and 11), social studies (grades 4 and 7) 1

CoAlt DLM:  English language arts (grades 3 through 11)  and math (grades 3 through 11) 

3 weeks (science, social studies, ELA and math)

April 11 - April 29, 2016

4 weeks (additional week for ELA and math)

April 4 - April 29, 2016

5 weeks (additional weeks for ELA and math)

March 28 - April 29, 2016 or

March 21 - March 29, 2016 and April 4 - April 29, 2016

6 weeks (additional weeks for ELA and math)

March 14 - April 29, 2016 with one week of spring break in the middle 3

Social studies assessments will be administered on a sampling basis to one-third of the schools each year.
Including Colorado Spanish Language Arts (CSLA)
CoAlt DLM system is not scheduled to open until March 16th.


Additional Assessments

ACCESS for ELLs® (K-12th grade)

January 11 - February 12, 2016

10th grade PSAT

April 19 or April 20, 2016: District choice for initial test date 

April 20 - 29, 2016: Make-up testing window

11th grade college entrance exam (ACT)


April 19, 2016: Initial testing date 

May 3, 2016: Make-up testing date

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