CDE is working with the Colorado Content Collaboratives to build the CDE Resource Bank consisting of high quality assessments, aligned to the Colorado Academic Standards, for all grades and content areas. This CDE Resource Bank provides districts with optional assessments to use in their classrooms.
The initial launch of the CDE Resource Bank includes assessments reviewed by the Colorado Content Collaboratives for music, dance, drama, social studies and some reading, writing & communicating. Please check the website for updates on availability of additional assessments. More reading, writing & communicating assessments as well as assessments for visual arts are being added to the bank. Additionally, in January 2013, assessments from Cohort II which includes the subjects of comprehensive health, mathematics, physical education, science, world languages and career & technical education will be added to the CDE Resource Bank. While the bank will continue to be updated with more assessments and instructional supports, the initial launch allows pilot districts to field test assessments for use in teacher evaluations this year. Note: all assessments that are to be recommended for inclusion in the CDE Resource Bank must be vetted through the use of the Assessment Review Tool.
The vision is for the collaboratives to become networks for creating and disseminating innovative teaching practices. Long term goals include:
- Building instructional tools aligned to the standards and responsive to gaps in student learning
- Increasing student achievement through improved instructional and assessment practices
- Establishing authentic and active participation in reform efforts by educators across Colorado
- Implementing more effective use of district professional development budgets and time
For more information, download the Colorado Content Collaborative fact sheet.