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CoAlt - Alternate Science and Social Studies Assessments
Spring 2023 CoAlt Science
View CoAlt administration dates on the General Information page.
Parent Information Sheet (PDF)
CoAlt Administration Trainings
Information on administration trainings is found on the CDE Assessment Division Trainings page.
CoAlt Science Sample Items
Sample items for the CoAlt Science assessments are available. These items are representative of item types on the CoAlt Science assessments.
CoAlt Performance Levels and Cut Scores
Performance Level Descriptors (PLDs)
CoAlt Science PLDs were accepted by the Colorado State Board of Education in December 2022. The CoAlt Science performance levels are Emerging, Approaching Target, At Target, and Advanced.
Performance Level Cut Scores
Students taking CoAlt assessments receive an overall scale score. During the standard setting process, educators used scale scores to set cuts for each performance level based on the specific content that students should be able to engage with at each performance level.
The CoAlt Assessment Frameworks are designed to assist educators, test developers, policymakers, and the public by clearly defining those elements of the Colorado Academic Standards - Extended Evidence Outcomes that are suitable for state testing. They are not designed to replace local curricula and should not be considered state curricula. They define the content that may be assessed on CoAlt: Science and Social Studies assessments.
- Science Frameworks
- Social Studies Frameworks (PDF)