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Assessments in Jeffco

State Assessments

ACCESS for English Language Learners

The ACCESS for ELLs assessment measures a student's English language proficiency.

ACCESS for ELLs provides educators and parents proficiency levels and information that is used to enhance instruction and learning for ELL students in the areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. It is administered annually to kindergarten through twelfth-graders who have been identified as English Language Learners (ELLs) who are Non-English or Limited-English proficient. 

CMAS Colorado Measures of Academic Success

The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) annually implements state tests called the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS).  CMAS English Language Arts , Math, Science and Social Studies assessments were developed to measure proficiency of the Colorado Academic Standards.

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.

Grades 3-11 ELA & Math

 Grades 5, 8, & 11 Science

 Grades 4 & 7 Social Studies (by rotating sample set of students)

CMAS Family Resources

CoAlt Colorado Alternate Assessment

The Colorado Alternate assessment (COALT) and Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) are the alternate state summative assessments for students with an Individual Education Plan (IEP) who are working toward Extended Evidence Outcomes and do not take Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS).

DLM 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 and math. COALT measures student performance on Science and Social Studies.

Family Resources-Understanding Score Reports

Colorado PSAT 8/9 & 10

The PSAT tests the same skills and knowledge as the SAT in a way that makes sense for 9th and 10th-graders. It builds on the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) tests in English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. The PSAT 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 are most important for college and career readiness and success. In addition to helping students practice for the SAT, it can identify student’s potential for success in advanced course work. It provides data on academic strengths and weaknesses.

PSAT & SAT Family Resources

Colorado SAT

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 career training programs.
  • Reading, comprehending, and writing high-quality essays supported by evidence.

The SAT also serves as an admission test and is accepted by every college in the United States. At the time of testing, students can send their scores to up to four colleges for free. The SAT essay can also be taken as part of the Colorado school day SAT administration. The SAT essay is optional and voluntary and can be added at no cost to students.  All students who are enrolled in 11th grade at a Colorado public high school are eligible to take the SAT.

SAT & PSAT Family Resources

District Assessments

Acadience (Early Literacy)

Acadience helps to monitor the development of early literacy skills of our early elementary students through short measures (one to three minutes). 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 future reading difficulties. Acadience is required from kindergarten through third grade, and can be used as needed at grades four through six.  This assessment is also used to meet the Colorado READ Act requirements.  

Acadience Family Resources:

(Other languages available in linked documents.)

CogAT Cognitive Abilities Test

The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT 7) is used as a universal screener for all 2nd graders in Jeffco schools.

This universal screener is a way to identify exceptional potential and talent among all populations at a given grade level, including English Language learners, students with special needs and those who may not be achieving on other traditional academic measures. Using a universal screener is considered a best practice in the field of gifted education.

Jeffco typically administers the CogAT to 2nd graders in October.

Additional Information: Jeffco Gifted and Talented page.

KEA Kindergarten Early Assessment

The K-3 Formative Assessment Process, which includes the Kindergarten Early Assessment, helps teachers and families gain an ongoing understanding of the strengths and needs of each child as a way to help ensure that each child reaches his or her greatest potential. 

The information gathered from this assessment during the first 60 days of kindergarten creates a snapshot of each child's learning development in key areas, enabling future instruction to be tailored to each child's specific needs.

MAP Measures of Academic Progress

Measures of Academic Progress (MAP Growth) is an online test in English language arts and mathematics available for students in grades 3 through 10. MAP also offers science tests and an assessment for primary grades (K-2) which is given in some schools.

MAP is an adaptive test, which means every student gets a unique set of test questions based on responses to previous questions. The difficulty of the questions adjust depending on how each student answers prior questions, allowing the tests 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.

Additional MAP information

TS Gold

Teaching Strategies GOLD is an observational tool used in preschool. This tool helps teachers  gather information on each child's unique thinking, reasoning and language abilities, social-emotional well-being, and ability to understand reading and math concepts. With this information, teachers are able to adjust instruction to the individual learning needs of each child. Teaching Strategies GOLD provides many predictors of future school success.
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