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New Colorado Alternate English Language Arts and Mathematics Assessments


The Colorado Alternate Assessment (CoAlt) is a standards-based assessment designed specifically for students with significant cognitive disabilities.

Field Test Information

Information for districts participating in the Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) Field Test #3, beginning on May 1, 2014 can be found on the DLM Field Testing Website at:

Technology information and requirements for the Field Test, and Operational Assessment (anticipated Spring 2015), can be found at:


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.

Colorado has joined the Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessment Consortium (DLM), a multistate initiative in the process of developing an instructionally relevant, computer-based assessment system designed to help students learn.  The DLM Consortium is developing the Dynamic Learning Maps Alternative Assessment for public school students with the most significant cognitive disabilities.  These assessments are expected to replace our current CoAlt: Reading, Writing & Mathematics assessments, paralleling PARCC.

In addition to the traditional summative assessment, the DLM system is being designed to simultaneously support teacher instruction and student learning by having assessment tasks model good instruction and by being embedded within teachers’ classroom activities throughout the school year. The assessments are anticipated to be administered for the first time during the 2014-2015 school year. 

The Assessment Unit and Exceptional Student Services Unit will be working together to provide the field with additional information and supports regarding the instructional and assessment tools being developed by DLM throughout the course of the next year. As a starting point, additional information may be found on DLM’s website at 

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