About Colorado ACT

The 11th grade ACT assessment, which is more commonly known as the Colorado ACT (CO ACT), is administered once in April and once in May.

This assessment is equivalent to all other ACT Assessments administered on national test dates throughout the country. Since this is an actual college entrance exam, results from this assessment can be submitted for college entrance by the student to their college or university of choice.

The CO ACT Assessment consists of two parts which are designed to help students prepare for postsecondary educational opportunities.

  • The first part is a pre-test session which includes an interest inventory, a student profile section, and a course/grade section.
  • The second part is the academic assessment section which includes tests in the areas of English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science.

From the tests, students receive a composite score along with scores for each of the skill areas. The CO ACT assessment also provides two sub scores in English, three sub scores in Mathematics, and two sub scores in Reading.


Colorado Measures of Academic Success: Science and Social Studies (CMAS)

The Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) is the state’s large scale assessment designed to measure student performance in the Colorado Academic Standards in Science and Social Studies.

PearsonAccess is the portal for students, parents, and educators to access important test information such as sample items and school and district assessment resources.


Partnerships for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)

In compliance with legislation, Colorado joined the PARCC consortia as a governing member in August, 2012. PARCC is a multi-state assessment consortium that is developing shared English language arts (ELA) and mathematics assessments. About 20 states participate in the consortium. As a governing member, Colorado is committed to relying on the PARCC assessment system. PARCC has ELA assessments in grades 3-11 and mathematics assessments in grades 3-8 with three high school assessments. PARCC has developed college and career ready determinations that will be based on the assessments given in 11th grade.

It is anticipated that the PARCC ELA and mathematics assessments will replace the TCAP reading, writing and mathematics assessments in the spring of 2015.


NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)

Students in Estes Park School District will be assessed three times a year using the NWEA MAP tests.  We give students MAP tests to determine their instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year and also from year to year.  Assessments will be given in science, math, language and reading.  Tests for 3rd - 12th grade will be administered on iPads.  Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade will take the assessments in the computer lab.

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