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Spring 2018 Colorado State Assessment Tentative Windows

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Colorado's state testing window for all spring 2018 CMAS and alternate assessments will be April 9th through April 27th. The three-week window will allow districts with the ability to have single groups for CMAS test units to complete all CMAS and alternate science, social studies, math, and English language arts (ELA) testing while also allowing schools to test as close to the end of the school year as possible. Schools administering only paper-based tests must complete testing during this three week window, with the exception of students taking the paper-based form as an accommodation in a school taking the assessments online.

All elementary and middle school social studies and science tests must be scheduled and completed between April 9th and April 27th. Districts may request an early window to administer the high school science tests as early as March 26th. Districts may also request an extended test window for math and ELA due to limited device availability. PearsonAccessnext allows CDE to monitor the actual amount of time that schools take to complete computer-based testing. After review of spring 2017 timing data, it has been determined that March 19th will be the earliest start date for math and ELA, which shortens last year’s extended testing window by one week.  Please remember, that the extended window is ONLY for online math and ELA (including CSLA) and that ONLY districts with limited device capacity are eligible to participate in the extended window. Requests for extended math/ELA or early high school science/social studies window participation must be submitted to CDE by December 15th.  

Colorado will continue to use a sampling approach for social studies. One-third of elementary and middle schools will participate in spring 2018. High school social studies has been deferred for 2018.

To the extent possible, students taking the alternate assessment in a content area for which they are participating in a general education class should be assessed at the same time as their general education peers to avoid missed instruction. Schools may also ensure that students taking the alternate assessment do not miss instruction from their general education class(es) through other means. 

 

NOTE:  We are in the process of finalizing spring 2017 testing times.  Timing information will be sent to District Assessment Coordinators as soon as it is available

Spring 2018 and 2019 Colorado State Assessment Tentative Windows

Assessment

Content Area

Grades

Spring 2018 TENTATIVE Testing Windows

Spring 2019 TENTATIVE Testing Windows

ACCESS for ELLs®

English language proficiency

K –12

January 8 – February 9, 2018

January 14 – February 15, 2019

Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS)

Mathematics

3 – 8

Official Window:
April 9 – 27, 2018

Early HS Science/Social Studies Window:
March 26 – April 13, 2018 OR April 2 – April 20, 2018

Extended Math/ELA/CSLA Window:
Begin as early as March 19, 2018*

Official Window:
April 8 – 26, 2019

Early HS Science/Social Studies Window:
March 25 – April 12, 2019 OR April 1 – April 19, 2019

Extended Math/ELA/CSLA Window:
Begin as early as March 18, 2019*

English language arts (including CSLA)

3 – 8

Science

5, 8, & 11

Social Studies**

4, 7, & 11 (deferred for 2018)

Colorado Alternate Assessment (CoAlt)

Mathematics (DLM)

3 –11

Official Window:
April 9 – 27, 2018

Early HS Science/Social Studies Window:
March 26 – April 13, 2018 OR April 2 – April 20, 2018

Extended Math/ELA Window:
Begin as early as March 19, 2018*

Official Window:
April 8 – 26, 2019

Early HS Science/Social Studies Window:
March 25 – April 12, 2019 OR April 1 – April 19, 2019

Extended Math/ELA Window:
Begin as early as  March 18, 2019*

English language arts (DLM)

3 – 11

Science

5, 8, & 11

Social Studies**

4, 7, & 11 (deferred for 2018)

CO PSAT

English language arts and Mathematics

9 & 10

District choice for initial test date:
April 10, 11, or 12, 2018

Accommodations window:
April 10 – 17, 2018

Make-up testing window:
April 11 - 20, 2018: 

District choice for initial test date:
April 9, 10, or 11, 2019

Accommodations window:
April 9 – 16, 2019

Make-up testing window: 
April 10 – 19, 2019

CO SAT

College Entrance Exam

11

Initial test date:
April 10, 2018

Accommodations window:
April 10 – 13, 2018

Make-up test date: 
April 24, 2018

Initial test date:
April 9, 2019

Accommodations window:
April 9 – 12, 2019

Make-up test date: 
April 23, 2019

 

*Districts needing more time to complete math and ELA testing due to limited device numbers (i.e., the number of computers available will require multiple groups for each test unit) may expand the math/ELA/CSLA test window and begin testing those content areas earlier for both CMAS and CoAlt.  The maximum test window for ELA and math will be 5 weeks.  Please remember, that the extended window is ONLY for online math and ELA (including CSLA) and that ONLY districts with limited device capacity are eligible to participate in the extended window:  

 

3 weeks (science, social studies, ELA and math):         April 9 – April 27, 2018

4 weeks (additional week only for ELA and math):     April 2 – April 27, 2018

5weeks (additional weeks only for ELA and math):    March 26 – April 27, 2018 or

                                                                                      March 19 – March 23, 2018 and April 2 – April 27, 2018

 

** In 2018, social studies assessments will be administered on a sampling basis to one-third of elementary and middle schools. Social Studies assessments for 11th grade have been deferred for 2018.

 

*Districts needing more time to complete math and ELA testing due to limited device numbers (i.e., the number of computers available will require multiple groups for each test unit) may expand the math/ELA/CSLA test window and begin testing those content areas earlier for both CMAS and CoAlt.  The maximum test window for ELA and math will be 5 weeks.  Please remember, that the extended window is ONLY for online math and ELA (including CSLA) and that ONLY districts with limited device capacity are eligible to participate in the extended window: 

** In 2018, social studies assessments will be administered on a sampling basis to one-third of elementary and middle schools. Social Studies assessments for 11th grade have been deferred for 2018.

 

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