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    The Colorado Academic Standards (CAS) are the expectations of what students need to know and be able to do at the end of each grade. They also stand as the values and content organizers of what Colorado sees as the future skills and essential knowledge for our next generation to be more successful. State standards are the basis of the annual state assessment. The following assessments are Colorado mandated in compliance with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Access for English Language Learners (ELLs) is an online assessment that monitors student progress in acquiring academic English. The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) tests students in mathematics and science and compares the achievement of U.S. students to that of students in other countries.
    The Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) are standardized online language arts, math, science and social studies assessments that are administered in the spring and measure critical thinking and problem solving skills. In the same time frame the Colorado Alternative (CoAlt – science and social studies) and the Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM – language arts and math) assess students with significant cognitive disabilities.  SAT, PSAT 9 and PSAT 10 are nationally recognized assessments that measure the skills and knowledge essential for college and career readiness. Most colleges in the United States accept the SAT for admission requirements.
    The district also follows a schedule of district mandated testing. The language arts and math Aligned District Benchmark assessments measure whether a student is mastering the Colorado academic content standards according to the Schedule of Assessed Standards three times per year, optional fourth administration. The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) is an aptitude test that measures 2nd and 6th grade student’s general and specific cognitive abilities. The results assist in placing students in Gifted and Talented programs. Achieve3000 is a 5-Step Literacy Routine that builds comprehension and reading skills for middle school students.

    ASSESSMENTS:
    The Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) are a series of standardized assessments designed to measure Colorado students’ mastery of the Colorado academic content standards.

    • The English Language Arts (ELA) and Math assessments are administered in the spring to students in grades 3-8.  The tests consist of three 90 – 110 minute ELA units and three 65 – 90 minute math units and measure critical thinking and problem solving skills that are important in college and the workforce. The CMAS tests evaluate student progress and show teachers and parents where a student needs help through personalized instruction that meets individual student needs.  Colorado mandated in compliance with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Time: 3.25 to 5.5 hours over several days
    • The Colorado developed Science test is given in the spring to all students in 5th, 8th and 11th.  The test consists of three 50 – 80 minute units.  Colorado mandated. Compliance with ESSA. Time: 2.5 - 4 hours
    • The Colorado developed Social Studies test is given in the spring to a sample of students in grades 4 and 7.  Approximately one third of students in these grades will take the test each year.  The test consists of three 80 minute units.  Colorado mandated. Time: 4 hours
    • The Colorado Alternative (CoAlt) tests are given at the same time as the CMAS testing.  The CoAlt assessment is designed for students with significant cognitive disabilities for whom the general education assessments, even with accommodations, are not appropriate. Students must meet the Participation Guidelines to participate in this academic assessment.  There are alternate tests for all four tested subjects (Science, Social Studies, English Language Arts, and Math).  Alternative tests are Colorado mandated. Compliance with ESSA.
      • For the alternate English Language Arts and Math assessments, Colorado is a member of the Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) alternate assessment consortium. DLM is a computer-delivered alternate assessment given to all students who qualify in grades 3-9.  Time: 70 minutes per subject area.
      • Colorado has developed an alternate assessment for the science and social studies tests.  These tests are paper only for students with significant cognitive disabilities. Alternate social studies tests are given to 1/3 of Colorado Students who qualify in grades 4, 7, and 11.  Alternate science tests are given to all students who qualify in grades 5, 8, and 11. Time: 1 hour per subject area.

    The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) provides reliable and timely data on the mathematics and science achievement of U.S. students compared to that of students in other countries. TIMSS data have been collected from students at grades 4 and 8 since 1995 every 4 years, generally.  Find out more about the TIMSS here. (64 Minutes) Access for ELLs (English Language Learners) is a computer based online assessment that monitors student progress in acquiring academic English in the domains of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Colorado mandated. Compliance with ESSA. Time: 2 hours PSAT 9 and PSAT 10 is designed to measure the skills and knowledge that current research shows are essential for college and career readiness and success and serves as a check-in on student progress to help pinpoint areas for development. Educational Testing Service (ETS) administers the PSAT 9 and PSAT 10 for the College Board.  The tests are state mandated for ninth and tenth grade students.  4 hours.

    SAT is designed to measure the skills and knowledge that current research shows are essential for college and career readiness and success.  The SAT is a nationally recognized measure of academic readiness and is accepted by most colleges in the United States for admission requirements. The test is state mandated for eleventh grade students. - 4 hours

    DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills) assesses the early literacy and reading skills of students in kindergarten through sixth grade. DIBELS identifies students with reading difficulties, targets specific instructional support and monitors student progress. Colorado mandated.   Compliance with the READ Act. Time: Up to 5 hours per school year

    TS (Teaching Strategies) Gold for Kindergarteners is a series of 52 teacher observations that are entered online. These help evaluate a kindergartener’s readiness for school. Colorado Mandated. Time: (not applicable; observations made by teacher)

    D11 Aligned Benchmarks are assessments of student English Language Arts (ELA) and Math skills in grades two through eight. The results show if the student is mastering the Colorado academic content standards. School level testing in ELA and Math is required for grades 2 - 8. Testing is district mandated three times per year, with an optional fourth testing window in May. Time: Up to 6 hours per school year

    Achieve3000 is a 5-Step Literacy Routine that is designed to build the skills for close reading of informational text with the explicit purpose of finding the evidence necessary to respond to a written prompt. Required school level testing. Time: 40 minutes

    CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test) is an aptitude test that measures a 2nd and 6th grade student’s general and specific cognitive abilities. It measures learned verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal reasoning and problem-solving skills. District mandated. Time: 2.5 hours Abilities Test (CogAT) is an aptitude test that measures 2nd and 6th grade student’s general and specific cognitive abilities.  The results assist in placing students in Gifted and Talented programs. Achieve3000 is a 5-Step Literacy Routine that builds comprehension and reading skills for middle schoolers.

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