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Early Literacy Assessment Tool Project Calendar

2017-2018 ELAT Benchmarking Dates: Pick a 2 week window from the dates listed below:

BOY Benchmark – within the first 30 calendar days of your school year (see note below regarding kindergarten).  We recommend that benchmark periods are contained to a 2-week window whenever possible.

MOY Benchmark – November 30th – December 22nd OR January 8th – January 23rd.  CDE is requesting that your dates fall prior to the Winter Break or after the Winter break.

EOY Benchmark – April 23rd – May 11th

  • Kindergarten consideration: Through a provision in HB15-1323 you may choose to use up to 60 calendar days for initial benchmarking. However, we would encourage districts to continue with best practice by benchmarking and providing support early in the year, within the first 30 days. Completion of your READ BOY assessment within the 60 calendar days will inform the literacy component of your readiness assessment.

Setting your 2017-18 benchmark windows - if you have not done so please click this link to ensure you have set you windows


  1. Plan to Benchmark all K-3 students at beginning of the year (BOY), middle of the year (MOY), and end of the year (EOY).
  2. Ensure you notify all schools, including Charters, of your official Window.
  3. If you need any assessment times outside of these windows, please email both Donna Bright, and Karen Cushman,, requesting your needed dates and reason for the change.  CDE will make final decisions.




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