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Content Collaboratives

Colorado 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

The Colorado Content Collaboratives and CDE are asking for your feedback on a new resource being created to support educators in deepening their understanding of the varied purposes and uses of assessment information to inform their classroom instruction. The Colorado Assessment Literacy Program is being developed in partnership with the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing (CRESST) and will include: 

  • A Comprehensive Assessment Framework. This framework will include the functions, components and processes included in a quality, comprehensive assessment system.
  • Assessment literacy Professional Learning modules. The modules will be available online and designed to support educators in their design and use of assessments. 

The Comprehensive Assessment System Framework has been drafted and we would like your feedback on this resource. The Framework 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. 

Please go to the CDE Resource Bank to access a PDF of the framework along with a brief video presentation of the framework. Once you have reviewed the framework and corresponding presentation, please provide feedback to us at: 

We would like to have all feedback by Friday, November 14, 2014, so we can revise the Framework and get these valuable resources out to Colorado educators for their use.  

If you have any questions, please contact Angela Landrum at

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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