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General Assessment Information

Spring 2020 Colorado State Assessment Windows

Colorado's state testing window for all spring 2020 CMAS and alternate assessments will be April 6th through April 24th. 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 science and social studies assessments must be scheduled and completed between April 6th and April 24th. Colorado will continue to use a sampling approach for social studies. High school science and social studies assessments may be administered in an early window and an extended window option is available for math and ELA due to limited device availability. Consistent with last year's extended testing window, March 16th will be the earliest start date for math and ELA. 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. Districts must inform CDE by December 15th if an extended math and ELA or early high school science and social studies window will be used.  

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. 

 

Spring 2020 Colorado State Assessment Tentative Windows

Assessment

Content Area

Grades

Spring 2020 TENTATIVE Testing Windows

ACCESS for ELLs®

English Language Proficiency

K –12

January 13 – February 14, 2020

Colorado Measures of Academic Success

(CMAS)

Mathematics

3 – 8

Official Window:
April 6 – 24, 2020

Early High School Science and Social Studies Window:
March 23 – April 10, 2020 OR March 30 – April 17, 2020

Extended Math and ELA/CSLA Window:
Begin as early as March 16, 2020*

English Language Arts (including CSLA)

3 – 8

Science

5, 8, and 11

Social Studies**

4, 7, and 11

Colorado Alternate Assessment

(CoAlt)

Mathematics (DLM)

3 – 8

Official Window:
April 6 – 24, 2020

Early High School Science and Social Studies Window:
March 23 – April 10, 2020 OR March 30 – April 17, 2020

Extended Math and ELA/CSLA Window:
Begin as early as March 16, 2020*

English Language Arts (DLM)

3 – 8

Science

5, 8, and 11

Social Studies**

4, 7, and 11

CO PSAT***

English Language Arts and Mathematics

9 and 10

District choice for initial test date:
April 14, 15, or 16, 2020

Accommodations window:
April 14 – 21, 2020

Make-up testing window: 
April 28 or 29, 2020

CO SAT

College Entrance Exam

11

Initial test date:
April 14, 2020

Accommodations window:
April 14 – 17, 2020

Make-up test date: 
April 28, 2020

Colorado Alternate Assessment (CoAlt)

High School****

Mathematics (DLM) 9 – 11 April 13 – 24, 2020
English Language Arts (DLM) 9 – 11
Science and Social Studies 11

Official Window:
April 6 – 24, 2020

Early High School Science and Social Studies Window:
March 23 – April 10, 2020 OR March 30 – April 17, 2020

* 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 five weeks in 2020. 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 6 – April 24, 2020

4 weeks (additional week only for ELA and math):  March 30 – April 24, 2020

5 weeks (additional weeks only for ELA and math):  March 23 – April 24, 2020 or

                                                                                   March 16 – March 20, 2020 and March 30 – April 24, 2020

 

** In 2020, social studies assessments will be administered on a sampling basis.

*** For PSAT, each school will test on one of the three available initial test dates. DACs may make a district-wide decision or may allow individual schools to select their initial test date. Starting in 2020, PSAT will use separate test forms for initial and make-up testing (similar to SAT). Test Coordinators will return completed PSAT and SAT test books and order make-up tests at the conclusion of the initial test date.

**** To the extent possible, high school students taking the alternate ELA/math assessments should be assessed using the same or similar schedule as students taking the PSAT/SAT and students taking the alternate science/social studies assessments should be assessed using the same or similar schedule as students taking CMAS.