Moving Forward with the New
State Assessment System
CDE Assessment Unit
Timelines and General
Information
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New Assessments:
Colorado Measures of Academic Success
 CO developed: science and social studies
assessments
First administration:
Spring 2014 for elementary and middle school
Fall 2014 for high school
 PARCC developed: English language arts and
mathematics assessments
First administration: school year 2014-2015
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Grades and Content Areas
Content Area
Grades
Science
5, 8 and 12
Social Studies
4, 7 and 12
English Language Arts
3 – 11
Mathematics
3-8 and two sequences of 3
end-of-course high school
assessments
Colorado Measures of Academic
Success (CMAS)
SY 2014 - 2015
PARCC and DLM Alternate Assessment Consortia
• English Language Arts: Grades 3 – 11
• Mathematics: Grades 3 - 11
Science and Social Studies and Associated Alternate
• Science: Grades 5, 8 & 12
• Social Studies: Grades 4, 7 & 12
CO ACT and 11th Grade Alternate
• College Readiness
ACCESS for ELLs and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs
• English language proficiency
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SY 2013 – 2014 Assessment Windows
ACCESS
January 6 - February 7, 2014
TCAP (reading, writing &
March 10 – April 11, 2014
mathematics)
CoAlt (reading, writing &
February 5 – March 14
mathematics)
Science and social studies
April 14 – May 2, 2014
(elementary & middle school)
ACT
April 23, 2014
Field Testing
PARCC: performance-based
March 24 – April 11, 2014
assessment
PARCC: end-of-year
May 5 – June 6, 2014
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Spring and Fall Field Test Districts
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Colorado Measures of
Academic Success: Science and
Social Studies
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Science and Social Studies
Assessments
 Item types:
Selected response
Constructed response
Computer-enabled/technology-enhanced
Simulations
Performance events
Sample Items
Science and Social Studies
 For students to have experience with the test
system functionality and item types prior to field
testing, practice items have been made available
using the current test engine:
 Go to www.pearsonaccess.com
 Select Colorado from drop down menu
 Click on “Support” tab
 Click on the relevant file ending in “ePAT”
 ePATs will be converted to next version of test
engine prior to spring 2014 testing
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Colorado Measures of
Academic Success: PARCC
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PARCC
Students are on-track or ready for college and careers
PARCC Assessment Design
75% of the year
90% of the year
PerformanceBased
Assessment
•Extended tasks
•Applications of
concepts and
skills
End-of-Year
Assessment
•Innovative,
computer-based
items
Speaking and Listening Assessment
(Required in 2015-16)
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Practice Tests
 PARCC intends to provide all schools with computer based practice tests next spring at the same time as
field testing begins.
 The practice tests will be similar in content to the field
tests and allow all schools to become familiar with
administering computer-based assessments .
 item types
 interactive item functionalities
 computer-delivered accessibility features and accommodations
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Features for All Students
 Writing Tools
 Highlighter
 Calculator
 Ruler (may also use as line guide)
 Magnification/Enlargement
 Audio with volume control when media is
embedded or if using audio as an accessibility
feature
 Flag items for review
 Eliminate answer choice
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Accommodations for Computer-based
Administration
 Presentation
 Contrast, including high contrast and reverse contrast
 External cover overlays
 Sign language
 Spring 2014: provided on site using the oral script
 Future: embedded ASL video
 Spanish oral script
 Other languages: translated on site based on the English
oral script
 Assistive technology devices – compatibility will need to
be established
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Accommodations for Computer-based
Administration
 Response
Scribe
Responses in Spanish
Assistive technology devices – compatibility will
need to be established
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Accommodations for Computer-based
Administration
 Setting
 Small group
 Individual
 Timing
 Extended time
 Time of Day
 Multiple breaks
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Accommodations for Paper-based
Administration
The paper-based form of the assessment is
itself considered an accommodation.
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Accommodations for Paper-based
Administration
 Presentation
Braille with tactile graphics
 Response
Braille note-taker
Scribe
Speech-to-text
Assistive technology devices (word prediction)
 Setting and timing: same as computer-based
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Additional Resources
http://www.parcconline.org/
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