Colorado Content Collaboratives (CCCs)
By Teachers For Teachers
Working at the intersection of the new Colorado Academic Standards, Educator Effectiveness and New Assessments
Launched February 1st 2012!
The Colorado Content Collaboratives are P-12 educators from across the state who come together to identify and create high-quality assessments, which are aligned to the new Colorado Academic Standards (CAS) and may be used for educator evaluation purposes.
The Content Collaboratives are a four-year initiative. Phase 1 of the Content Collaboratives work, 2012, focused on the review of existing assessments that were evaluated to determine the degree to which they were fair, valid and reliable measures of student learning and were aligned to the Colorado Academic Standards. Assessments that were reviewed and received a rating of “Recommended” or “Partially Recommended” have been posted to the CDE Resource Bank.
Phase 2 of the Content Collaboratives, which 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 will be placed in the CDE Resource Bank for voluntary educator use beginning in September 2013.
Phase 3 of the Content Collaboratives will feature the explicit integration of the assessment work of the Content Collaboratives with the continuing work of the Sample Curriculum Project. Content Collaboratives members will lend assessment expertise to the development of instructional units based on the curriculum samples developed in 2012.
Phase 3 of the Content Collaboratives will also focus on the development of assessment literacy tools and resources focused on the assessment knowledge and skills educators to need to cultivate in order to effectively and strategically use assessment information to support student learning. This work is scheduled to begin in early 2014.
CDE is working in active and appreciative partnership with the Colorado Community College System, the Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation at the University of Kansas, 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.