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National Assessment

Assessment dates/window

Grade Level

Overview 

SAT

 

 
Spring: 4/11/17
Make up: 4/25/17

11

According to the College Board: The redesigned SAT focuses on the skills and knowledge that evidence shows are needed most for college and career success. It reflects what Colorado students are already learning in their classrooms, including the best of instruction in math, English language arts, science, history, and social studies. The new test has two sections – Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing. The scoring scale is 400 to 1600, with an optional essay scored separately.

Students can submit their results to qualify for concurrent enrollment courses offered in our high schools and for college entrance into their college or university of choice.

PSAT 10  

4/11/17

10

The PSAT 10 tests the same skills and knowledge as the SAT in a way that makes sense for 10th-graders. It builds on the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests in literacy and mathematics and the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) tests in science and social studies. The PSAT 10 also aligns with Colorado Academic Standards (CAS) and with the SAT that students will take in 11th grade.

The PSAT focuses on the knowledge, skills, and understandings that research has identified as most important for college and career readiness and success. In addition to helping sophomores practice for the SAT, it can identify student’s potential for success in advanced course work. It provides more data than ever before about academic strengths and weaknesses as well as access to millions of dollars in scholarships.
CMAS: PARCC, Science, and Social Studies
CMAS: PARCC window 3/13/17-
4/27/17
 
CMAS: Science and Social Studies window 4/10/17-
4/27/17
 
CMAS: Science 11th Grade Only window 4/3/17 - 4/21/17 
CMAS: PARCC grades 3-9
 
CMAS: Science grades 5, 8, and 11
 
CMAS: Social Studies grades 4 and 7 (on a 3 year rotating basis)
Colorado’s assessment system is called the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS). It incorporates new science and social studies tests developed by Colorado and new English language arts and math tests developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).

Colorado is a member of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) national consortia. The computer-based assessment focuses on English Language Arts and Mathematics for grades 3-9. States that make up the consortia include: Colorado, District of Columbia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, and Rhode Island.

PARCC are computer-based assessments in the areas of ELA and Mathematics. Students can get familiar with the testing environment by taking the practice tests.The ELA/Literacy assessment focuses on reading comprehension while the mathematics assessment focuses on demonstration of conceptual understanding of the major mathematical components at a specific grade level. 

CMAS Science and Social Studies assess student mastery of the updated Colorado Academic Standards. With the standards being more focused, coherent and rigorous, tests have been adapted to align with the standards. Students may get familiar with the assessments by taking ePATs (practice tests).
 
Students who qualify for alternative state assessments will take Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) for ELA and Mathematics and Colorado Alternative (CoAlt) assessment for science and social studies. The DLM and CoAlt will be given during the same testing window as CMAS: PARCC, Science, and Social Studies.  Please contact your special service provider for links to the practice assessments.

ACCESS for ELLs

1/9/17-2/10/17

K-12

The attainment of English proficiency by English Language Learner’s (ELL) is measured annually by an English Language Proficiency (ELP) assessment. Colorado uses the ACCESS for ELLs® ELP assessment developed by the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) consortium.

Accuplacer

Anytime prior to taking a concurrent enrollment course

9-12

Accuplacer® is a computerized placement test used to help qualify students for concurrent enrollment and post-secondary courses.  Accuplacer® has three components:

  • A mathematics test

  • A sentence skills test

  • A 300-600 word essay

  • Optional: Biology placement test; Chemistry placement test

 
Mobile Study App  for new Next Generation version of Accuplacer

ASVAB

Anytime prior to or during the military enlistment process

12

The ASVAB is a multiple-aptitude battery that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military. Sample Test Questions

PSAT NMSQT

 10/19/17

10

Optional for students: The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT® and a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs.

 
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