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Content Collaboratives

By Teachers For Teachers
Working at the intersection of the new Colorado Academic Standards, Educator Effectiveness and New Assessments

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. Click here to view a list of the member of the Colorado Content Collaborative.

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 aligned to the Colorado Academic Standards and exhibited high quality components such as clear scoring criteria, fair and unbiased, and opportunities for student learning. Assessments that were reviewed and received a rating of “Recommended” or “Partially Recommended” have been posted to the CDE Resource Bank.

Current Work 

 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 have been posted in the CDE Resource Bank for voluntary educator use.

Phase 3 of the Content Collaboratives features the explicit integration of the assessment work of the Content Collaboratives with the continuing work of the District Sample Curriculum Project. Content Collaboratives members are providing assessment expertise to the development of performance assessments to support the instructional units based on the curriculum samples developed in 2012. For more information on District Sample Curriculum Project, please visit

Phase 3 of the Content Collaboratives is also focusing 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. 

Important Announcements

Colorado is implementing strategic, integrated educational improvements with a singular purpose: to ensure that all students are prepared for success in a globally competitive world. CDE is committed to providing aligned, coherent resources to Colorado educators to facilitate the changes that are necessary to support our students. The implementation of these vital systems requires the effective use of student assessment information and has a direct and critical impact on the success of our students and teachers. As such, CDE has begun working with national partners and Colorado educators to establish the Colorado Assessment Literacy Program.

The purpose of the Colorado Assessment Literacy Program is to assist Colorado educators in deepening their understanding of the varied purposes and uses of assessment information that guide actionable educational decisions.  In pursuit of this goal, the CDE is working with the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing (CRESST) in the development and implementation of assessment literacy programs and resources for classroom educators and school and district administrators.

As a first step in this process a draft framework describing the functions, components and processes included in a quality, comprehensive assessment system is available. This framework includes (1) organizing and design principles of a quality comprehensive assessment system; (2) the roles and responsibilities of CDE, districts, schools, and educators within a quality comprehensive assessment system; and, (3) connections to state assessment and assessment data information, tools, and resources. 

CDE requests your guidance and feedback on the draft Comprehensive Assessment System Framework which will be used to codify and communicate assessment terminology, functions, purposes and uses for Colorado educators. The finalized framework will also drive the development of assessment literacy professional learning resources. A PDF of the framework along with a brief video presentation of the framework can be accessed at: Once you have reviewed the framework and corresponding presentation, please submit your feedback via this link by Friday, Nov. 14.

Thank you for your participation. We look forward to your feedback!


CDE is working in active and appreciative partnership with the Colorado Community College System, the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, & Student Testing at UCLA, the Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation at the University of Kansas, the National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, Inc., 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.

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