Spring 2019 Colorado State Assessment Windows
Colorado's state testing window for all spring 2019 CMAS and alternate assessments will be April 8th through April 26th. 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 tests must be scheduled and completed between April 8th and April 26th. Districts may request an early window to administer the high school science and social studies tests as early as March 25th. Districts may also request an extended test window for math and ELA due to limited device availability. Consistent with last year's extended testing window, March 18th 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. Requests for extended math and ELA or early high school science and 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, middle, and high schools will participate in spring 2019.
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.