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CoAlt - Alternate Science and Social Studies Assessments

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Mindy Roden
Assessment Unit



CoAlt: Administration Trainings

Information on administration trainings can be found on the CDE Assessment Unit Trainings page.

CoAlt: Office Hours

CoAlt Office Hours will be on Mondays from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. the 2019-2020 schedule will be provided in October. 

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Conference Number: 1-888-228-9561

DACs may call into the conference line to participate in an open forum with Mindy Roden. This is an opportunity for DACs to ask follow up questions after the regional trainings that took place across the state in October.

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.

CoAlt Frameworks

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.

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