All public school students enrolled in Colorado are required by state law to take a standards-based summative assessment each year in the specified content areas and grade levels. This means that every student, regardless of language background or ability, must be provided with the opportunity to demonstrate their content knowledge. The Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) is Colorado’s standards based assessment designed to measure the Colorado Academic Standards (CAS). A very small number of students with significant cognitive disabilities may take the Colorado Alternate (CoAlt) assessment based on the Extended Evidence Outcomes (EEOs) of the CAS. The CMAS and CoAlt assessments are collaboratively developed by the Colorado Department of Education, the Colorado educator community, and Colorado’s assessment contractor, Pearson. The data should be used to keep abreast of individual student, school, and district progress toward attaining higher student achievement levels.
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 Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) tests in English language arts, mathematics, 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 10 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 potential scholarships.
Colorado has given a college entrance exam each spring to all 11th graders enrolled in public schools since 2001. In 2015 the Colorado legislature passed House Bill 15-1323, requiring the state to competitively bid for a new 10th grade exam that is aligned to both the Colorado Academic Standards and an 11th grade college entrance exam. The legislation also added the opportunity for students to take an additional, optional essay as part of their college entrance exam at no cost to the student. The selection committee chose the PSAT for 10th graders and the SAT for the 11th grade college entrance exam because of their alignment to the high school Colorado Academic Standards and because the College Board’s reports and free test preparation services could be used by all students. Students who choose to participate in services offered by The College Board will be connected to resources and activities designed to help identify next steps for extra support or possible acceleration.
The SAT is closely aligned to challenging classroom work of Colorado schools and focuses on the key skills and concepts that evidence shows matter most for college and career readiness, including:
- Mathematical concepts, skills, and practices important for success in career training programs.
- Reading, comprehending, and writing high-quality essays supported by evidence.
Cotopaxi Schools offer testing throughout the year. Examples of testing are: MAP's, DIBELS, SAT, PSAT, PARCC/CMAS, and CO-ALT(DLM).
Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)
MAP is an online test in English language arts and mathematics for students in grades 3 through 10. MAP also offers science tests and a MAP test for primary grades (MPG) which may be given in some schools. The difficulty of the questions on the MAP assessment adjusts depending on how each student answers prior questions, allowing the test to be tailored to each student’s level and helping to pinpoint individual student instructional needs. MAP is administered in the Fall, Winter, and Spring, providing real-time information throughout the school year about a student’s achievement and growth.
Dynamic Inventory of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS)
DIBELS helps to monitor the development of early literacy skills through short (one minute) measures. It is designed for use in identifying children experiencing difficulty in acquisition of basic early literacy skills in order to provide early support and prevent the later occurrence of reading difficulties. This test is required from kindergarten through third grade, and can be used as needed at grades four through six.
State Required Testing
Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS)
CMAS is the state’s common measurement of students’ achievement on state standards at the end of the school year in English language arts, math, science and social studies. Designed to be administered online, the tests feature a variety of interactive questions that are engaging and aligned with 21st century teaching and learning practices. CMAS testing occurs annually in the Spring.
Colorado Alternative Assessment (CoAlt)
Students with an Individual Education Plan (IEP) who are not able to take CMAS will instead take the Colorado Alternate Assessments. The CoAlt is a standards-based assessment designed to provide a picture of student performance and a framework for students to access the general curriculum in English language arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies.
PSAT10 & SAT Info. for Parents
Dates for Testing 2019
NWEA-MAP's can be administered at the start of the year(within the first 3 weeks of school), middle of the year(December or January), and end of the year(first two weeks in May)
DIBEL's testing can be administered at any time during the April/May two week testing window.
PARCC/CMAS SCHEDULE 2019
School Board Policies on State Testing
Please contact the school for more information on testing 719-942-4131 x221.