|The Colorado Alternate Assessment (CoAlt) is a standards-based assessment designed specifically for students with significant cognitive disabilities.|
On August 3, 2011, the State Board of Education unanimously adopted the Extended Evidence Outcomes (EEOs) of the Colorado Academic Standards. The EEOs provide the alternate academic standards in mathematics, science, social studies and reading, writing and communicating for students with significant cognitive disabilities who qualify for the alternate assessment. These alternate expectations are directly aligned to the grade level expectations for all students. For more information on the EEOs please see the standards webpage.
In order to measure these new content standards, Colorado is implementing a new assessment system that includes new alternate assessments for students with significant cognitive disabilities who qualify for the alternate assessment. The alternate assessment implementation timeline is anticipated to follow the same timeline as the summative assessment with implementation of science and social studies assessments in 2014, and English language arts and mathematics assessments in 2015.
In the coming year, a determination will be made to develop Colorado specific alternate English language arts and mathematics assessments, or to to join a multi-state alternate assessment consortia in these two content areas. The two multi-state alternate consortia are Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) and National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC).