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CoAlt - Alternate Science and Social Studies Assessments
2019 CoAlt Science and Social Studies Results
Spring 2020 CoAlt: Science and Social Studies
Administration of the CoAlt (science and social studies) and CMAS (all content areas) assessments has been paused for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year due to extensive school closures throughout Colorado to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
CoAlt: Administration Trainings
Information on administration trainings is found on the CDE Assessment Unit Trainings page.
CoAlt: Science and Social Studies Released Items
Released items for the revised CoAlt - Science and Social Studies assessments are available. These items are representative of item types on the CoAlt - Science and Social Studies assessment. The CoAlt Field Test Examiners Manual is also available on the page linked above. These materials are for the CoAlt - Science and Social Studies assessments, and not for CoAlt - Reading, Writing and Mathematics.
Performance Level Descriptors
Elementary and middle school CoAlt: Science and Social Studies cut scores were adopted by the Colorado Board of Education in August 2014; high school cut scores were approved in April 2016. Cut scores are selected points on the scale of the test. These points are used to determine the classification of a student's performance on the CoAlt. CoAlt Science and Social Studies performance levels are Emerging, Approaching Target, At Target, and Advanced.
The CoAlt Assessment Frameworks are designed to assist educators, test developers, policymakers, and the public by clearly defining those elements of the Colorado Academic Standards - Extended Evidence Outcomes that are suitable for state testing. They are not designed to replace local curricula and should not be considered state curricula. They define the content that may be assessed on CoAlt: Science and Social Studies assessments.