Estes Park School District R-3

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About the Colorado State Assessment System

  • The Colorado State Assessment System is designed to measure Colorado student's mastery of the Colorado's academic content standards. In December of 2009, Colorado adopted revised academic content standards progressing from early school readiness to postsecondary competencies reflective of both workforce readiness and 21st Century Skills.

    In 2012, Colorado implemented the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to reflect changes in the state adopted academic content standards and to provide information to teachers as they began incorporating the revised content standards in their daily instruction.

    By 2014, Colorado renamed all statewide assessments as the Colorado Measure of Academic Success (CMAS). As part of CMAS, Colorado became a governing member of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) consortia which is currently developing new assessments in English language arts and mathematics for grades 3-8 and high school. The PARCC assessments are were implemented in 2014-15. New general and alternate assessments for science and social studies were field tested in 2013 and are scheduled for implementation in 2014.

    The attainment of English proficiency by English Language Learner's (ELL) is measured annually by an English Language Proficiency (ELP) assessment. In the 2012-13 school year, Colorado implemented the ACCESS for ELLs ® ELP assessment developed by the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) consortium.

    The college readiness assessment, SAT, is designed to measure students' preparedness for postsecondary educational opportunities and is administered to 11th grade students in April and May.  The pre-SAT is also administered to 10th graders each April. 

2017 Spring Assessment Windows

  • Spring 2017 Colorado State Assessment Windows

    Colorado's state testing window for all spring 2017 CMAS and alternate assessments will be April 10th – April 28th. The three-week window will allow districts with the ability to have single group CMAS test units to complete all CMAS and alternate science, social studies, English language arts (ELA) and math testing while also allowing schools to test as close to the end of the school year as possible.  

    Colorado will continue to use a sampling approach for social studies. One-third of elementary and middle schools will participate next year. Approximately one-half of high schools are currently expected to participate each year for the next two years. All social studies and science tests must be scheduled and completed between April 10th and April 28th, but districts needing more time to complete their ELA and math testing due to device numbers (i.e., the number of computers available will require multiple groups for each test unit) may begin testing those content areas earlier. The maximum test window for ELA and math will be six weeks. Six weeks will allow schools needing three groups per CMAS session to complete testing.

    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. Please see below for the spring 2017 Colorado assessment windows..

    CMAS: science (grades 5, 8 and 11), social studies (grades 4,7 and 11) 1, PARCC English language arts (grades 3 through 9) 2 and PARCC math (grades 3 through 9) 

    CoAlt: science (grades 5, 8 and 11), social studies (grades  4,7 and 11) 1

    CoAlt DLM:  English language arts (grades 3 through 11)  and math (grades 3 through 11) 

    3 weeks (science, social studies, ELA and math)

     April 10th – April 28th, 2017

    4 weeks (additional week only for ELA and math)

     April 3rd – April 28th, 2017

    5 weeks (additional weeks only for ELA and math)

     March 27th – April 28th, 2017 or

     March 20th – March 24th, 2017 and April 3rd – April 28th, 2017

    6 weeks (additional weeks only for ELA and math)

     March 13th – April 28th, 2017  with one week of spring break in the middle 3

    In 2017, social studies assessments will be administered on a sampling basis to one-third of the elementary and middle schools and one-half of high schools.
    Including Colorado Spanish Language Arts (CSLA)
    CoAlt DLM system is not scheduled to open until March 15th.

    Additional Assessments

    ACCESS for ELLs® (K-12th grade)

     January 9th – February 10th, 2017

    Colorado PSAT 104

    April 11th or April 12th, 2017: District choice for initial test date 4

    April 25th or April 26th, 2017: District choice for make-up test date

    Colorado SAT (11th grade college entrance exam)


    April 11th, 2017: Initial test date

    April 11th – 25th, 2017: Accommodations window (tentative)

    April 25th, 2017: Make-up testing date

    Family Guide and Information for PSAT (grade 10) and SAT (Grade 11)

    4 If Tuesday, April 11th is chosen as the initial test date for PSAT 10, the make-up date will be Tuesday, April 25th.  If the district chooses Wednesday, April 12th as the initial test date, the make-up date will be Wednesday, April 26th.


2016-17 Spring Assessments Schedules