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ARCHIVE -- Provide Input on Assessment Decision Points

This page is part of an archive of Colorado's ESSA State Plan Development

The Assessment Spoke Committee opened a window in early January to collect online input on two assessment components of the ESSA state plan  The survey allows you to give input on each specific assessment decision point through January 23, 2017.


The Academic Assessments portion of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) state plan requires the state to submit information on two components: 1) Advanced Mathematics Coursework and 2) Languages other than English.  The recommendations presented for each component are the result of discussions with the ESSA Assessment Spoke Committee and presentations to and feedback from the ESSA Hub Committee and the Colorado State Board of Education.  The Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education (CLDE) Stakeholders Collaborative group was also consulted on the Languages other than English recommendations. 

Decision points for the required components of the Academic Assessment portion of the ESSA state plan are included below. Please review the decision points, the proposed recommendations, and the included contextual information before responding.  Thank you for taking the opportunity to provide feedback on this portion of the Colorado ESSA state plan. 

Survey resources:

The surveys will close on January 23, 2017 at 11:59 pm (MST).


Decision Points

Advanced Mathematics Coursework Decision Point

Decision Point 1: Will the state continue to use the exception for students in eighth grade to take end-of-course high school mathematics assessments?

Recommendation: Yes.

Languages other than English Decision Points

Decision Point 2: How will the State Educational Agency define “languages other than English that are present to a significant extent in the participating student population?”

Recommendation: “Languages other than English that are present to a significant extent in the participating student population,” is defined as: 5% or 1000 persons, whichever is less, of the limited English proficient (LEP) population eligible to be served or likely to be affected.*

*Students of a language background within a grade-level who have received instruction in that language within the last year.

Note: When an LEP language group within a grade-level reaches 2.5% or 500 persons, whichever is less, of the state LEP population, the Department will evaluate the need for additional translations.

Spanish is the only language other than English that is present to a significant extent in the participating student population in Colorado.

Decision Point 3: What is the State’s plan and timeline for developing assessments in languages other than English that are present to a significant extent that it does not already have?

Recommendation: Not applicable.

Click here to take the Assessment feedback survey

For questions, please contact: Joyce Zurkowski or Christina Wirth-Hawkins

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