The following items are designed to help districts and schools communicate with parents about state assessments. These materials can be shared in newsletters or during parent information events or parent-teacher conferences. All materials may be tailored to meet your local needs. More materials will be added as they are updated.
While there is still uncertainty and ambiguity surrounding how the COVID-19 pandemic will impact this year’s instructional settings, a typical state assessment administration season is scheduled to resume in spring 2021 as required by state and federal law. As with most aspects of education, state assessments may need to be adjusted in response to COVID-19 conditions. We will continue to monitor state and federal assessment requirements and expectations as the school year progresses across Colorado and as COVID-19 responses evolve this year. Currently scheduled administration windows are included below:
ACCESS for ELLs
Jan. 11 - March 12, 2021
CMAS/CoAlt: ELA/CSLA/Math/Science/Social Studies
April 12 - 30, 2021
Primary Test Date: April 13, 2021
Make-up Test Date: April 27, 2021
CO PSAT for grades 9 and 10
Primary Test Date: April 13, 14, or 15, 2021 (district choice)
Make-up Test Date: April 27 or 28, 2021 (district choice)
HS CoAlt ELA/Math (DLM) for grades 9-11
Aligned to PSAT/SAT schedule to the extent possible
ACCESS for ELLs
Communications Toolkit - ACCESS for ELLs Testing
Key messages, a fact sheet and a sample letter to parents/guardians are available for district and school leaders to use as they communicate about ACCESS for English Language Learners testing during COVID-19. These materials are available in both English and Spanish. View them here.