- Assessment Overview (PDF)
Meaningful, timely and precise measures of student learning – assessments - provide critical data and feedback to determine whether educational goals are being met. Colorado assessments are changing in order to accurately assess student mastery relative to the Colorado Academic Standards. Learn more in this fact sheet.
- Transitioning to 21st Century Standards and Assessments (PDF)
Meaningful and relevant assessments work hand in hand with rigorous academic standards. Assessments provide ongoing measures of student learning at each grade level. The data from assessments is critical in determining if educational goals are being met and if students are on track to graduate prepared for college and career. The Colorado Academic Standards are the foundation for the state assessments in science, social studies, English language arts and mathematics.
- PARCC-Developed English Language Arts and Mathematics Assessments (PDF)
Colorado’s state assessments are changing in order to accurately assess student mastery of the updated Colorado Academic Standards. With the standards being more focused, coherent and rigorous, assessments must adapt to align with the standards. Colorado’s new assessment system is called the Colorado Measures of Academic Success. It incorporates new science and social studies assessments developed by Colorado and new English language arts and mathematics assessments developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).
- Overview of the Content Collaboratives (PDF)
The Colorado Content Collaboratives are a group of P-12 educators from around the state coming together to identify and create high-quality assessments, which are aligned to the new Colorado Academic Standards and may be used in the context of educator evaluations. This fact sheet provides an overview on their work and timeline.
- Assessment Update Jan. 2013 (PDF)
- Assessment Technology Readiness - Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
Science and social studies assessments are scheduled to be administered via computer starting in 2014. The mathematics and English language arts assessments developed by PARCC, the multi-state assessment consortium of which Colorado is a governing member, are scheduled to be administered via computer in 2015. Download this fact sheet to read more about the technology requirements and transition to this online testing environment.
- Colorado’s Education Improvement Efforts “101” (PDF)
Colorado has a comprehensive education improvement agenda which over the past few years has been encoded into state law. This fact sheet provides an overview, implementation progress and next steps for Colorado's Achievement Plan for Kids (Senate Bill 08-212), the Education Accountability Act (Senate Bill 09-163) and the Great Teachers and Leaders Act (Senate Bill 10-191).